New Delhi: `The climate was just right
for me to leave` -- this is what Shyam Saran had to say about
his quitting as Prime Minister`s special envoy on Climate
Saran was replying to a question on whether he had any
difference with government which led to his sudden departure.
"The only thing that I can say is that the climate was
right for me to leave," he quipped at a summit co-organised by
The Wall Street Journal and CII.
The former Foreign Secretary, who later was appointed
as special envoy to Prime Minister on Climate Change, stepped
down from the post on February 19 reportedly after having
differences with Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh. However,
he continued in office till March 14.
Saran was initially appointed special envoy during
negotiations relating to the Indo-US nuclear deal in August
2006 after he retired from the Foreign Secretary`s post.
His role was expanded in April 2008 to cover climate
diplomacy as well to mobilise support for India`s stand on
climate change issues ahead of the December 2009 Copenhagen
Saran and Ramesh were at loggerheads on several issues
including the continuation of Kyoto Protocol.
Saran who had served as Foreign Secretary from July
2004 to September 2006 played a key role in the India-US civil
nuclear deal and drafting of several of the eight missions
under India`s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC)
to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
He has also served as Indian Ambassador to Nepal,
Indonesia and Myanmar and High Commissioner to Mauritius.