John Kerry sworn in as US Secretary of State

Veteran Senator John Kerry, who favours strong ties with India, was Saturday sworn in as the US Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton as America's top diplomat.

Kerry, 69, was sworn in at a private ceremony, taking an oath administered by US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. "I was very honoured to be sworn in and very anxious to get to work," Kerry told media, with his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry by his side. Besides his wife, he was joined by daughter Vanessa, brother Cameron and his Senate staff.

Kerry is a strong advocate of peace talks between India and Pakistan as he firmly believes that there are few relationships that will be vital in the 21st century for Washington's ties with New Delhi.

Kerry has an illustrious career spanning over three decades of public life. For the last four years, he was Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

A close confidant of Obama, Kerry in the last four years several times came to the rescue of Obama Administration whenever the US relationship with Pakistan reached low ebb. He has a personal relationship with top Pakistani leadership.

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