NEW DELHI: Experienced diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale, who played a key role in resolving the Doklam standoff with China, took over the charge as the foreign secretary of India today, succeeding S Jaishankar.
A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Gokhale is served as the secretary (economic relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Viajy Gokhale, considered an expert on China, had played a key role in negotiations to resolve the 73-day-long Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese armies last year.
He was India’s Ambassador to China from January 20, 2016, to October 21, 2017, before moving back to the MEA headquarters in India.
Viajy Gokhale will have a two-year tenure as the foreign secretary of India. He has also served as India’s top envoy to Germany between October 2013 and January 2016. He has worked in Indian missions in Hong Kong, Hanoi and in New York.
He has held the posts of director (China and East Asia) and then joint secretary (East Asia) in the MEA.