Foreign Minister S Jaishankar shared at an event in New York on Thursday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi called after midnight after the Indian consulate in the Afghan city was attacked a few years ago. “Yager Howe (Are you awake?” was his first question, Jashankar said as he praised Prime Minister Modi for his leadership.
The minister shared an anecdote from 2016, when the Indian consulate in Mazar-e Sharif was attacked in war-torn Afghanistan. He was foreign secretary at the time.
#watch | NEW YORK, USA: EAM Jaishankar said: “It’s past midnight…the Prime Minister called me and his first question was – ‘Jaage ho? “…I told him help was on the way. He asked me to call him when I was done…it’s a strange quality.” pic.twitter.com/AxL7Ddp6d6
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“It was past midnight and our consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan was attacked. We were trying to figure out what was going on and my phone rang. It surprised me a bit. When the prime minister called you, you didn’t You get caller ID, but there is still someone connecting you. But this time it’s the Prime Minister,” he said at an event discussing the book “Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery.”
“The prime minister asked me if I was awake,” Mr Jashankar said.
“It’s 12:30 a.m., what can I do but stay awake? Because in his life, it’s probably natural,” he said.
“Are you watching TV,” he asked. Yes, sir, I said. After being told that the rescue was in progress, PM Modi asked to be notified in person when the operation was over. I said it would take two or three hours, and when I finished Your office (PMO) will be notified.”
“Call me,” the prime minister asserted, according to the minister.
He praised the Prime Minister’s sense of responsibility in such a time of need, noting how India was able to make important decisions amid the recent Covid crisis.
“If you look at how leaders around the world are dealing with Covid – not everyone has come forward or said I’m going to answer the call. Dealing with the consequences of very big decisions is an extremely unique quality,” Mr Jashankar praised Mo Prime Minister Di said.
He also recalled the first time he met the prime minister. “Frankly, before I met Modi, I liked him a lot. On some levels, as many would complain, I’m a little bit of a manager. I can be miserable. But what he does The level of preparation is commendable,” Mr Jashankar said.
He also spoke about India’s efforts to withdraw from Afghanistan when the Taliban took over last year.
The foreign minister is in New York for the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly. During this period, he also met with special envoys and heads of state from around the world.
(input from ANI)