Vijay Keshav Gokhale, New Foreign Secretary of India

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The rein of foreign affairs is now in the hands of Vijay Keshav Gokhale. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declared him as the next Foreign Secretary of India. Let’s have a quick flashback on Gokhale’s tenure before taking charge as Foreign Secretary of India.

He joined the Indian Foreign Services in 1981. Before that he completed his Master’s degree in History from Delhi University.

Gokhale represented India in Germany and Malaysia before taking charge as the Indian Ambassador to China.

He was then High Commissioner of India to Malaysia from January 2010 to October 2013.

From October 2013 to January 2016, he was the Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany.

He was, thereafter, India’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from January 2016 to October 2017.

Gokhale was one of the key persons to resolve the Doklam crisis. India and China were at a stand-off at the Indo-China border near Doklam, from June 16, 2017 to August 28, 2017. The stand-off was over the construction of a road in Doklam by China. The conflict was resolved by the end of August and Gokhale was the one to avert the situation from any mishap.

Earlier, Gokhale was appointed as the Economic Relations Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and thenceforth took charge after the tenure of S Jaishankar on Monday (January 29, 2018).

He will be the next Foreign Secretary of India for a two-year term. As of the rules say, the foreign secretary, defense and home secretary posts are for a two-year term.

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