Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed as Foreign Secretary of India

Jan 2, 2018 15:13 IST
Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed as Foreign Secretary of India

Senior diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale was on 1 January 2018 appointed as the Foreign Secretary of India for a two-year fixed term. His appointment was approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

Gokhale succeeds S Jaishankar, who will complete his tenure on 28 January 2018. Jaishankar was appointed as Foreign Secretary on 29 January 2015 for two years. He was given a one-year extension in January 2017.

About Vijay Keshav Gokhale
• Gokhale is a 1981 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

• At present, Gokhale is working as Secretary (economic relations) in the Union Ministry of External Affairs.

• Earlier, he served as India's envoy to China. He had played a key role in India-China negotiations in 2017 to resolve the 73-day standoff between Indian Army and Chinese People's Liberation Army at Doklam Plateau, a tri-junction between Sino-India and Bhutanese border near Sikkim.

• Gokhale has served as India's top envoy to Germany between October 2013 and January 2016.

• He has also worked in Indian missions in Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing and in New York.

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