• Friday, July 12, 2024

Diplomacy

India appoints Gopal Baglay as high commissioner to Australia

A 1992-batch officer of Indian Foreign Service, Baglay is currently serving as the high commissioner to Sri Lanka.

Gopal Baglay (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

SENIOR Indian diplomat Gopal Baglay has been appointed as the country’s high commissioner to Australia.

A 1992-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, Baglay is currently the Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka.

“Gopal Baglay, presently High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia,” a statement from India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) said.

Baglay, 57, will succeed Manpreet Vohra as the Indian high commissioner to Australia.

He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.

Baglay, who was born in Mathura in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in 1966, has served in various capacities in the MEA, including as its official spokesperson, joint secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran) and more recently as joint secretary in the prime minister’s office.

He took over the assignment in Colombo in May 2020.

Baglay holds a Masters degree in chemistry from Lucknow University and speaks Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, English, Ukrainian, Russian and Nepali.

(With PTI inputs)

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