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Govt appoints Vijay Keshav Gokhale as foreign secretary

Gokhale will replace S Jaishankar who was appointed foreign secretary on January 29, 2015.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2018 22:25 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Vijay Keshav Gokhale,Foreign Secretary,S Jaishankar
Vijay Keshav Gokhale, a 1981 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), was India’s envoy to China.(Maharashtra Information Centre/Twitter)

Senior diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale was on Monday appointed foreign secretary for a two-year fixed term, succeeding S Jaishankar who completes his tenure on January 28, according to an official order.

Gokhale, a 1981 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), was India’s envoy to China.

He is at present secretary (economic relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Gokhale’s appointment to the post, said the order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.

Jaishankar was appointed foreign secretary on January 29, 2015, for two years. He was given a one-year extension in January last year.

First Published: Jan 01, 2018 20:49 IST