The diplomatic efforts between Assam and Nagaland took a significant stride as Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Nagaland counterpart, Neiphiu Rio, recently convened in Dimapur for discussions. The meeting, a continuation of their periodic engagements, aimed at deepening collaboration and ensuring sustained peace between the two neighboring states.
Sharing insights into the meeting on a social media platform, Chief Minister Sarma highlighted the positive deliberations that transpired. The leaders discussed strategies to enhance collaboration, expanding their engagements to fortify the foundations of peace and harmony between Assam and Nagaland.
This meeting is part of a series of discussions between the Chief Ministers, indicating a commitment to addressing mutual concerns. In December of the previous year, both leaders met in New Delhi, engaging in comprehensive talks concerning various issues affecting the states.
One of the focal points in these discussions has been the persistent interstate border dispute, a significant and unresolved matter between Assam and Nagaland. The leaders have been navigating the complexities of this issue, striving to find amicable solutions that would contribute to lasting peace in the region.
Apart from the border dispute, the conversation also encompassed the matter of oil exploration in the border areas of both states. This ongoing dialogue reflects the commitment to addressing economic concerns and fostering mutual cooperation in resource management.
Chief Minister Sarma, in his capacity as the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), has been actively engaging with stakeholders in the Naga peace process. These efforts underline a broader commitment to regional stability, as NEDA plays a crucial role in facilitating dialogue and cooperation among the northeastern states.
The recent meeting between Chief Ministers Sarma and Rio signifies a continued dedication to resolving longstanding issues and fostering collaboration. The leaders’ commitment to dialogue and cooperation is not only crucial for addressing immediate concerns like the interstate border dispute but also for building a foundation of lasting peace and prosperity in the region. The ongoing diplomatic efforts serve as a testament to the resilience of the leaders in navigating complex issues and working towards the betterment of their respective states and the northeastern region as a whole.