Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi: Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian ambassador to the US and one of the senior-most diplomats, has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary replacing Vijay Keshav Gokhale.

An order issued by the government on Monday said that Shringla will take over next month after the completion of Gokhale's two-year term.

A 1984 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and a fluent French speaker, Shringla served as an ambassador to Bangkok from 2014 to 2016 and later as High Commissioner to Dhaka for two years.

In his current posting, Shingla came into prominence when he rebutted Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's opinion piece in New York Times quite eloquently.