Gopal Baglay appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia

He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.

In a significant diplomatic development, Gopal Baglay, a seasoned diplomat with an illustrious career, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia. The announcement of this crucial appointment was made on September 13, 2023.

Gopal Baglay, an Indian Foreign Service officer of the 1992 batch, currently holds the position of High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka. His extensive experience and expertise in the realm of international diplomacy make him a fitting choice for the crucial role of representing India in Australia.

After joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1992, Gopal Baglay has handled various assignments in the Ministry of External Affairs, showcasing his versatility and dedication to India’s diplomatic endeavours.

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His assignments have included roles as Deputy Secretary (Central Europe), Deputy Secretary and Director (United Nations-Economic & Social), Director (External Publicity), Director (Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iran), Director (External Affairs Minister’s Office), Joint Secretary dealing with Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, and as Joint Secretary (External Publicity) and Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs.

In addition to his service in various capacities within India, Mr. Baglay has also represented India on the global stage through diplomatic assignments in countries such as Ukraine, Russia, U.K., Nepal, and Pakistan.

Gopal Baglay, New High Commissioner of India in Australia; Image Source- The Diplomat
Gopal Baglay, New High Commissioner of India in Australia; Image Source- The Diplomat

Born on January 4, 1966, in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, Gopal Baglay is not only a seasoned diplomat but also a scholar. He holds a degree of M.Sc. (Special) in Chemistry from Lucknow University. His linguistic prowess extends beyond the boundaries of India, as he has learned Ukrainian and speaks Russian, in addition to being proficient in Hindi, Urdu, English, and Nepali.

As Mr Baglay prepares to embark on this new diplomatic mission, the Indian government and the Ministry of External Affairs express their confidence in his ability to further strengthen the bond between India and Australia and to continue fostering mutually beneficial cooperation across a wide spectrum of issues.

This appointment signifies India’s unwavering dedication to nurturing diplomatic relations with its global partners and underscores the significance of Australia as a key partner in India’s diplomatic efforts in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Gopal Baglay’s appointment to the post of High Commissioner to Australia is a testament to his exceptional career and his ability to represent India effectively on the world stage. His wealth of experience and diplomatic finesse will undoubtedly contribute to enhancing the already strong ties between India and Australia.

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