After almost eight months, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is fit to step out of the country. Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant in December last year, is likely to visit neighbouring countries Bangladesh on June 10, followed by a trip to Mayanmar, reported Indian Express. As per a Mumbai Mirror report, apart from her visit to Bangladesh, Swaraj might also visit some West Asian countries. Also, after Donald Trump administration’s regulations on the H-1B visa and its impact on Indian IT industry, a trip to the United States of America is also reportedly on her ‘to-do’ list.
Since her surgery, Swaraj has avoided diplomatic trips and has been on bed rest till February for faster recovery. Her last overseas visit was to Italy in September 2016. This has been the longest period when an the External Affairs minister has not left the country. In 2016, Swaraj had participated in eight foreign trips whereas in 2015 she had as many as 14 trips.
Swaraj has recently made a come back to the Parliament in March. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has largely worked out of home and has also been extremely active towards addressing each and every complaint on social media. Swaraj underwent a nearly six-hour-long surgery which was conducted at the cardio-thoracic centre by a team of 50 doctors including transplant surgeons, transplant anaesthesiologists and other supporting staff, informed an official statement from AIIMS.
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Recently, Swaraj has said that she will take on board the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee while negotiating the vexed Tesla water issue with Bangladesh. Speaking to PTI, Swaraj said, “It is necessary to take the West Bengal Chief Minister on board (on the Teesta issue).”
“We have to resolve this through discussions and for this an agreement has to be reached between the central government, the state government and Bangladesh. After all, we did reach an agreement on the land border issue, didn’t we,” she added further.