Khurshid, minister-in-waiting for Obama, feels honoured

Union Minister Salman Khurshid, who has been chosen to be minister-in-waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to India from Saturday, termed the assignment as "opportunity of a lifetime".

Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 20:24 PM IST

New Delhi: Union Minister Salman Khurshid,
who has been chosen to be minister-in-waiting for US President
Barack Obama during his visit to India from Saturday, termed
the assignment as "opportunity of a lifetime".
Though he has played the role of a minister-in-waiting
for many heads of states, including the President of Iran and
South African President Nelson Mandela, Khurshid said he was
also a "little bit overawed".

"I am certainly honoured that the Prime Minister has
given me this assignment.....Of course, it is an opportunity
of a lifetime to be with a head of state in such close
vicinity...just taking it as it comes," he told reporters.

He said he will receive a proper briefing over his role
by the External Affairs Minister.

Asked about the issues that are likely to be taken up
with Obama, he said "That I can`t say. I am only supposed to
accompany him. There will be briefing on that by the MEA, but
all I can say is that we are preparing for him very eagerly.
And it is very important and historic opportunity for the two
countries to take our good relationship forward."
He said his attempt would be to give a good impression
about the system here and paint a fair picture of the country.

PTI