The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday appointed Gopal Baglay the new Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs.

Baglay who was earlier the Joint Secretary of Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran replaced Vikas Swarup who was recently named as India’s High Commissioner to Canada.

Baglay who belongs to the 1994 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) had earlier handled media at the embassy in Kathmandu from 2008 to 2010.

Baglay has also served as the Secretary at Embassy of India, Kyiv from 1996 to 1999, to Moscow from 1999 to 2002. In MEA he served as the deputy secretary (Central Europe) and deputy secretary and director (United Nations-Economic & Social) from 2005 to 2008.

Baglay had a very short stint as deputy High Commissioner in High Commission of India, Islamabad from October 2014 to December 2015.