Vijay Keshav Gokhale has been appointed as the new foreign secretary. He will be replacing S Jaishankar who will complete his tenure on January 28, 2018. Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed Foreign Secretary, replaces S Jaishankar who completes his tenure on January 28. — ANI (@ANI) January 1, 2018 × Gokhale has been appointed for a two-year fixed term. Currently, he is the secretary (economic relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs. A 1981 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Gokhale has been India's envoy to China.