Who is Gopal Baglay? All about MEA’s new spokesperson

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New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2017 9:29:15 PM

Gopal Baglay has handled media at the embassy in Kathmandu, as a counsellor (press, information & culture) from 2008 to 2010. He has done the same when he was director (external publicity), director (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran), in MEA from 2010 to 2011.

'There is nothing new or unusual about such visits and political meanings should not be read into them' External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.Gopal Baglay will succeed Vikas Swarup, who has been appointed India’s new High Commissioner to Canada on Thursday. (PTI)

External Affairs Ministry has appointed a new spokesperson Gopal Baglay who was till now a Joint Secretary in the Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan division in MEA. He will succeed Vikas Swarup, who has been appointed India’s new High Commissioner to Canada on Thursday. Baglay belongs to the 1994 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), he has handled media at the embassy in Kathmandu, as a counsellor (press, information & culture) from 2008 to 2010. He has done the same when he was director (external publicity), director (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran), in MEA from 2010 to 2011.

He has been the Secretary at Embassy of India, Kyiv from 1996 to 1999, to Moscow from1999 to 2002. Baglay has also been special assistant to High Commissioner, London; First Secretary (Economic) from 2002 to 2005. In MEA he has served as deputy secretary (Central Europe) and deputy secretary and director (United Nations-Economic & Social) from 2005 to 2008.

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Baglay had a very short stint as deputy High Commissioner in High Commission of India, Islamabad from October 2014 to December 2015. In his capacity as Joint Secretary (States), he was tasked with creation of a separate department in Ministry of External Affairs to facilitate international outreach of India’s states. From October 2015 onwards he has been dealing with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran in MEA.

Baglay joined IFS after doing an Masters in Chemistry from Lucknow University.

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