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Awesome to be External Affairs Minister: Khurshid

Last Updated: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 20:37

Gurgaon: A smiling Salman Khurshid on Friday said it was "awesome" to be the Minister of External Affairs and stressed that while he has a lot to learn, it won`t be like waking up to find a whole new world.

At his charming best, Khurshid tried to flatter the journalists on the External Affairs beat and joked that it would be a little more "pleasant" than answering questions on Uttar Pradesh.

He said he was "pleasantly surprised" at the remarkable number of initiatives being undertaken by the MEA and the scale at which they are moving forward.

"I was very pleasantly surprised with an excellent Foreign Affairs office. The talent is no less than it was when I was in the Ministry", Khurshid, who had worked as a Minister of State in the Ministry in 1993-96, said.

He added though there is a lot more work to be done but "greater efficiency and competence is visible even at first sight".

"I won`t use the word `being in great awe` but I would be happy to use the word awesome. It is a word that more people understand these days than it was understood in the past," Khurshid said in his first official press conference after taking over office on Sunday.

He said there will be a lot of learning to do because there are new things happening in the world.


First Published: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 20:37

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