Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his tour to Bangladesh has signed an historical agreement which allows for swapping of the territories between the two countries. The agreement has been termed as “a historical deal” by the Bangladesh External affairs ministry given the importance of the agreement.
Bangladesh and India has a peculiar problem, which dates back to the colonial times. About 50,000 people who belong to both Bangladesh and India reside in the border areas which belonged to both India and Bangladesh. Bangladeshis inhabit in about 50 territories of India whereas Indians reside in about 100 territories of Bangladesh. The issue was long pending since the colonial teams.
Bringing curtains over the long lasting issue of the inhabitants of the borders, the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart, Ms. Sheik Hasina have signed a pact in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The agreement favours the swapping of territories between the two neighbouring countries.
In addition, the residents of the disputed territories are given the choice to choose where to live and to select their Nationality. Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan said that the agreement has strengthened the bilateral ties between the two countries, the BBC News reports.
The inhabitants of the 4,000 kilometer long border till yesterday did not have an option of a birth state and hence they are not provided with any public services. The latest outcome has cheered the people living along the border.
Abul Hassan, Bangladesh Foreign Minister said in a statement that the two countries were looking forward to enhance their national security along the border with security agreements in the near future.