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Sushma Swaraj in 'Global Thinkers of 2016' list: Five recent incidents that defined her Twitter diplomacy

External Affairs Minister has bagged the honour of appearing in Global Thinkers of 2016 list compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine.


Sushma Swaraj in 'Global Thinkers of 2016' list: Five recent incidents that defined her Twitter diplomacy

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister has bagged the honour of appearing in Global Thinkers of 2016 list compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine.

Swaraj feature in the ‘decision makers’ category along with the Democratic Party US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, German chancellor Angela Merkel and US attorney general Loretta Lynch among others.

The External Affairs Minister has been named in 15 Global Thinkers list "for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy".

Here are the five top tweets that showcases the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj 's Twitter diplomacy:

1.When around 10,000 Indian workers in Saudi Arabia faced a "food crisis" earlier this year due to job losses, Sushma Swaraj tweeted about the issue to six million followers on the social media website. She also posted information for migrants about rations provided by the Indian embassy, claims for unpaid wages, and government-organised transportation home.

2. Sushma Swaraj used the internet to reach out to people abroad, from evacuating Indians from Yemen

3. She has helped many foreign nationals, who want to visit India for treatment, get medical visa

4. Swaraj helped extending stay of a British couple whose surrogate daughter Lily Newman was born in India and wasn't getting British passport, as commercial surrogacy is banned in Britain. 'We have taken this up with British High Commission. We hope to resolve this soon", had tweeted Swaraj.

5. Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, immediately swung into action as she came to know about the rape of a Japanese tourist in Kerala. Her tweets were reassuring that action was underway.

She tweeted that the statement of the victim has been recorded before a Magistrate and the accused has been apprehended. She said further, that she has asked Government of Kerala to expedite the trial and keep the External Affairs Ministry informed about the case. I have asked Government of Kerala to expedite the trial and keep us informed about the case, External Affairs Minister said in a tweet.

 

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