Vijay Joshi, a long-time foreign correspondent for The Associated Press who has worked in Asia and the Middle East, has been named assistant editor for the Asia-Pacific region, based in Bangkok.

John Daniszewski, the AP's senior managing editor for international news, announced Joshi's new role on Monday.

Joshi will be based at AP's Asia-Pacific desk in Bangkok, where he will oversee day-to-day operations and assist Asia-Pacific Editor Brian Carovillano in directing news coverage of the region.

Joshi, 50, has been the acting deputy to Carovillano since February 2011, when he moved from Kuala Lumpur, where he was chief of bureau for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

"Vijay is a gifted and multi-talented journalist who knows both the region and the AP inside and out," Carovillano said. "He's perfectly suited to this new role and will be a big part of our efforts to continue elevating AP's Asia report and to push for more distinctive coverage of the region."

Joshi joined AP as a correspondent in New Delhi in 1989. He was a correspondent in Cairo and news editor in Singapore and Bangkok before becoming chief of bureau in Kuala Lumpur in 2004.

A journalism graduate from Osmania University in India, Joshi also has a master of science degree in marine geology from Andhra University in India and a bachelor's degree in geology from Osmania.

A native of New Delhi, Joshi began his journalism career with the Indian Express newspaper in 1985. He also worked for India's biggest news agency, Press Trust of India, before joining AP.