GUWAHATI: For the first time, India and Bangladesh are expected to hold their Director General-level border talks in Guwahati later this month. This is likely to be the first time that the biannual meeting will be held outside the national capital of Delhi.
The biannual talks between the two countries began in 1993. The 51st edition of these high-level talks will be held between the Border Security Force (BSF) and its counterpart Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) beginning December 22.
Sources said that a change of venue was proposed citing that the BSF’s Guwahati frontier headquarters, whose troops guard 495 km of the 4,096 km-long India-Bangladesh border that runs along with the state and some parts of West Bengal, is located here.
With the meeting being held near the border, it will provide an opportunity for the brass of the two sides to jointly visit some border areas in Assam, said sources.
The Director General-level talks were held annually between 1975 and 1992 but were made biannual in 1993 with either side alternatively traveling to the national capitals of New Delhi and Dhaka.
Earlier, a delegation led by BSF Director General Rakesh Asthana had visited Dhaka for these talks in September.