Bharat Raj Paudyal has been promoted as the new foreign secretary. A recent Cabinet meeting decided to promote Paudyal, the senior-most joint secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), to the post of foreign secretary. The newly-appointed foreign secretary assumed his office on Friday. He is the 24th foreign secretary of the Government of Nepal. Paudyal is a career diplomat, who served as Nepal’s ambassador to Pakistan from 2012 to 2016. He has served as Nepal's diplomat in various capacities both at home and abroad in his career that began in 1987. In his capacity as the Director General of the Department of Passport under MoFA, Paudyal played an instrumental role to introduce Machine Readable Passport (MRP) in Nepal in December 2010.