Today, India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin addressed the press after the UN Security Council meeting in New York.
Naturally, India was asked about the scrapping of Article 370. Following which Akbaruddin defended India's position on Kashmir said that it was an internal matter of the state.
Given that the tensions between the two countries are high, Akbaruddin was asked when he would be ready to begin a dialogue with Pakistan.
Responding to which the ambassador told the Pakistani journalist:
So, let me start by coming across to you and shaking hands. All three of you.
And he did exactly that.
#WATCH: Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador to UN says,"so, let me start by coming across to you and shaking hands. All three of you," to a Pakistani journalist when asked,"when will you begin a dialogue with Pakistan?" pic.twitter.com/0s06XAaasl— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2019
Twitter has been hailing Akbaruddin for his response ever since.
Syed Savage-uddin 🔥😂— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) August 16, 2019
Syed Akbaruddin is an absolute rockstar. pic.twitter.com/O4wIeOGkQh— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) August 16, 2019
Amazingly composed, charming performance by Syed Akbaruddin, India's ambassador at UN, on #Kashmir. Great show on a difficult wicket.— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) August 16, 2019
Syed Akbaruddin is a Diplomat par excellence. Takes first three questions from Pakistani media while Chinese and Pakistani diplomats run away from questions. When @AkbaruddinIndia is asked when will you hold dialogue with Pakistan. He walks up to them and shakes hands. Super! pic.twitter.com/YJV1JbXXmw— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) August 16, 2019
One of the occasions when you think 💭 that you should have chosen Indian Foreign Service ( IFS ) over Indian Administrative Service ( IAS) !! 🇮🇳@CentralIfs @AkbaruddinIndia #UNSC #akbaruddin #Pakistanhumiliated— Nileshkumar Kshirsagar IAS (@NileshKumar_IAS) August 16, 2019
Well, that was gracefully done.