New Delhi: External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj could not attend today’s swearing-in ceremony of 19 ministers due to a diplomatic engagement and, anticipating a negative headline in the media, she explained the reason for her absence well ahead of the event.
“Media – Pl avoid the headline: ‘Sushma skips Oath Ceremony’,” Swaraj tweeted two hours before the oath ceremony. In another tweet, she said she had a meeting with her Hungarian counterpart .”I am unable to attend the swearing in ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan since I have a meeting with Foreign Minister of Hungary.
“I congratulate and welcome all my colleagues joining the Council of Ministers,” Swaraj said. Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto is on a three-day visit here and he and Swaraj held extensive talks on a range of bilateral and multilateral issues today. PTI
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