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Sushma Swaraj transformed MEA, oriented it to 'people's call': PM Modi

IndiaTimes Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that Sushma Swaraj as external affairs minister transformed her ministry from being bound to protocol to one oriented to "people's call" and recalled she had urged him to deliver his first UN speech from a prepared text and not speak impromptu.
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