Vijay Keshav Gokhale assumed charge as the new foreign secretary on Monday for a two-year term. He succeeded former foreign secretary S Jaishankar who completed his term of three-years, including one extended year, this month. Gokhale, who joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981, played a major role in resolving the 73-day-long Doklam standoff between India and China last year. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modiapproved Gokhale’s appointment to the post of foreign secretary, the order issued earlier this month by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
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