January 29, 2018

Vijay Gokhale appointed Foreign Secretary of India


Following S Jaishankar, Vijay Keshav Gokhale, the diplomat who played a key role in resolving the Doklam standoff with China, took over as the Foreign Secretary of India On January 29, 2018.

Earlier Gokhale served in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) post his degree of being an Indian Foreign Service officer, batch 1981.

Being known as an expert on China, he worked on was when he played a key role in negotiations to resolve the 73-day-long Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese armies in 2017.

Between January 20, 2016 and October 21, 2017, he was India's Ambassador to China. As a Foreign Secretary of India, Gokhale will have a two-year tenure, as sanctioned by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has also contributed in Indian missions in Hong Kong, Hanoi and in New York.

Moreover, in the MEA itself, he held the posts of Director (China and East Asia) and then Joint Secretary (East Asia).

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