Former Indian Ambassador Akbaruddin has made many interesting revelations in his book.
New Delhi: In the wake of the successful election of Justice Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2017, the then UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson tried to talk to the then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj but the UN envoy to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin spoke to the British leader. Requested not to. Former Indian ambassador Akbaruddin has revealed this in his book “India vs Britain: The Story of an Unprecedented Diplomatic Victory”.Also Read – Mamta Banerjee said in the assembly- I have seen BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj, but…
Akbaruddin said the victory in the ICJ is the best case scenario for understanding the changing nature of India’s recent approach to global forums. Akbaruddin became the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in 2016 and held this position until his retirement from the Indian Foreign Service in the year 2020. Also Read – Geeta, who returned to India from Pakistan, finally found her real mother in Maharashtra
Despite not wanting, India had to go to the ICJ for the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, which proved the importance of having an Indian judge in the court. Justice Bhandari received overwhelming support from the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly for the post of judge in the ICJ. After a tough contest, Britain had decided to withdraw its candidature. Also Read – Search for Geeta’s parents has now started on social media, claims of 24 have failed
A lot of talks were held with global leaders and officials before the election. After one of these meetings, Akbaruddin received a message from the then Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar that Johnson was trying to contact the External Affairs Minister in New Delhi.
Akbaruddin wrote in his book, “I did not even read the rest of his messages and immediately called Dr. Jaishankar. Even before listening to me, he assured me that keep calm, we know your thoughts. I requested not to let him speak… I was just thinking that there should be no such offer from Britain which would be difficult for the minister to refuse.