NEW DELHI: Seasoned diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale, who played a key role in resolving the Doklam standoff with China, will take charge as the next foreign secretary on Monday, succeeding S Jaishankar.
A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Gokhale is currently serving as the secretary (economic relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Gokhale will take charge tomorrow, a senior MEA official said.
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.
Gokhale will have a two-year tenure as the foreign secretary. 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.
Jaishankar was appointed foreign secretary in January 2015, for two years, just a few days before his retirement, replacing Sujata Singh, whose term was abruptly curtailed by the government.
A 1977-batch IFS officer, Jaishankar was given a one-year extension in January last year.