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Vijay Keshav Gokhale assumed charge as the new foreign secretary on Monday for a two-year term. He succeeded former foreign secretary S Jaishankar who completed his term of three-years, including one extended year, this month, reports claimed.

Secretary Vijay Gokhale (Source: Twitter)

Gokhale, who joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981, played a major role in resolving the 73-day-long Doklam standoff between India and China last year. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved Gokhale’s appointment to the post of foreign secretary, The Indian Express reported.

Gokhale, 58, was India’s Ambassador to China from January 20, 2016, to October 21, 2017, and served as Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs before being appointed the foreign secretary.


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