Vijay Keshav Gokhale has assumed charges as the new Foreign Secretary of India.The 1981 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Gokhale was the Indian ambassador to China from January 20, 2016, to October 21, 2017, and played a major role in resolving the 73-day-long Doklam Standoff between New Delhi and Beijing.Gokhale earlier served as the secretary (economic relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Gokhale succeeds Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, as the latter completed his tenure on January 28.