New Delhi: Some of the former top US diplomats and foreign policy experts have hailed the appointment of S Jaishankar as the new External Affairs Minister and have exuded confidence that US-India strategic ties will be further enhanced under his watch.
Jaishankar, 64, known for his skillful diplomacy, tough negotiating tactics and strategic vision, has served as the Indian ambassador to the US from 2013-2015.
Jaishankar “is one of the world’s best diplomats,” Richard Verma, the former US Ambassador to India told PTI.
“He’s a tough negotiator, but yet exceptionally fair and he knows how to get a deal done. He knows the US-India relationship and the India-China set of issues better than anyone,” Verma said.
“I think NSA Doval and Jaishankar as EAM will make a terrific team,” he asserted.
“Jaishankar’s appointment as India’s new External Affairs Minister has energised the US strategic community,” said Richard Rossow who is Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
“He has deep familiarity with the “great powers” that India attempts to balance- US, China, Russia, and Japan,” he added.