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'The new foreign minister should have confidence and the ability to advocate the foreign policy needs'
Today PM-designate Narendra Modi will take oath as the India's 15th Prime Minister office in the presence of around 4000 guests. Along with Modi around 45 ministers may also take oath in the presence of head of the states of seven SAARC countries including Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif.

The one ministerial portfolio in which SAARC leaders would be interested is the foreign affairs ministry. And this is because, in future SAARC nations will be dealing with this Indian ministry primarily on majority of occasions. This ministry plays a very crucial role in the Union cabinet and represents India and its government in the international community.

It is none other than the Minister of Foreign Affairs who plays a vital role in forming the foreign policy of a sovereign state and it is among most senior ministerial positions after the head of the government.

As per the latest media reports coming in, BJP's senior leader Sushma Swaraj may be given the charge of the foreign ministry. Swaraj is known for her communication capabilities and has a huge experience as a politician.

Focusing on the desired qualifications a foreign minister should have, Salman Haider, a former foreign minister, who was also Indian Foreign Secretary feels that a foreign minister should have confidence and the ability to advocate the foreign policy needs and requirement of the country.

“Whosoever is in this high position should have the confidence of heading the authority. I don't know who owns such a confidence of prime minster but he is the one to select. Foreign minister should have highly qualified secretaries and seniors officials and ambassadors to do his work.” 

He also added, “He doesn't have to be a tacto or specialist in foreign affairs, what he or she needs to have is to put through weight, so that he or she can represent the view of foreign ministry effectively in the cabinet. And he or she should be able to advocate for the traditional foreign policy needs or requirement of the country.”

Naresh Chandra, a former Indian Ambassador to the U.S. feels that heading the foreign ministry is a very hectic job and needs to be managed well.

“Foreign minister has a lot of duties to perform during his/her tenure i.e. from meeting the Ambassadors, attending meetings, visiting foreign countries and it does contains hard job with a lot of foreign touring. This portfolio needs a person who can perform all duties very well.”

He also added that a foreign minister should be one, who is most trusted by the Prime Minister, and should be confident enough to take some crucial decisions. He emphasised that, as this time PM is going to have a free hand, so he should appoint only the most suitable person on this position. 

(With inputs from Bolla Alekhya)

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