PM to appoint new foreign minister soon
The prime minister has been looking after the external affairs portfolio with assistance from two junior ministers.india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 15:03 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh indicated on Monday he would appoint a new external affairs minister on his return home next week.
"When I go back, there shall be one," the prime minister said in response to a question from a correspondent on board his special aircraft as he talked to journalists accompanying him on his visits to Brazil and Cuba.
He said it would not be a full-fledged cabinet reshuffle but only a new foreign minister would be appointed. However, he did not drop any hints on his likely choice.
There has been no full-fledged external affairs minister since Natwar Singh resigned in December following his involvement in Iraq's oil-for-food corruption scandal. The prime minister himself has been looking after the external affairs portfolio with assistance from two junior ministers - ministers of state Anand Sharma and E Ahamed.
Manmohan Singh returns to New Delhi on September 18.