The Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has picked Rudendra Tandon, an old Af-Pak hand to lead the Indian mission in Afghanistan as the Taliban group is seeking to return to power.

Tandon will assume charge as Afghanistan is expected to witness major changes in the coming months amid Pakistan’s attempts to make deeper inroads, requiring an officer with experience of dealing with a landlocked country, according to local media reports.

Tandon has handled the region from close quarters for years including past stints in Afghanistan, according to Economic Times.

According to Economic Times report, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) is undertaking key changes at headquarters across various divisions to strengthen its outreach with partners and undertake effective policy making. This includes divisions of Europe, Americas, UN and disarmament.

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