Expert diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale will be appointed as the Foreign Secretary of India. New Delhi has announced its appointment on Monday.

External Affairs Secretary S. Jaishankar’s tenure ends on Jan 28 Gokhale will take charge as foreign secretary the next day. Indian state news agency PTI reported.

Vijay Gokhale, a 1981 batch officer in the Indian Foreign Service, currently serves as the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Economic Relations). Earlier he was India’s ambassador to China. Besides, he worked as an Indian ambassador to Germany and Malaysia. Last year, Bin Gokhale had played a major role in easing the tension between China and India on the Dokmal border.

Current Foreign Secretary Jayashankar took charge on 29 January 2015. After completing a two-year term, the Indian government gave him one year contractual appointment.

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