NEW DELHI, Feb. 27: Joint secretary Gopal Baglay was appointed the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India on Monday.
"Delighted to take over as official spokesperson. Hope to have your cooperation in continuing the high traditions set by my predecessors," Baglay said after officially assuming charge as the MEA spokesperson.
Outgoing spokesperson Vikas Swarup took to Twitter to congratulate Baglay on his new designation.
"I wish my successor Gopal Baglay all the best for the new assignment. He will take MEA communications to the next level, online and offline!" Swarup tweeted on Monday evening.
Baglay joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992 and has served as the deputy high commissioner to Islamabad from 2011 to 2014. Since 2015, he acted as joint secretary dealing with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran in the foreign ministry.
He has also served as joint secretary (States) from October 2014 to December 2015, and was tasked with creation of a separate department in the ministry to facilitate international outreach of the Indian states.
Earlier this month, Vikas Swarup was appointed as India's High Commissioner to Canada.(TOI)
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