India Bangladesh settle 44-year-old land border dispute

hxpg9b2cIndia and Bangladesh have signed a Land Boundary Agreement, finally putting an end to a 41-year-old boundary dispute.

After extensive talks between PM Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikha Hasina, the two sides signed 22 agreements, including on cooperation in maritime safety, as Modi on his maiden visit to Bangladesh, expressed confidence in a fair solution to the Teesta and Feni river water sharing issues.

With the border agreement in place, India now has control of 510 acres of land and Bangladesh will have control of 10,000 acres of land. PM Modi also announced a $2 billion line of credit for Bangladesh and promised prompt implementation of the earlier line of credit of $800 million.

Indian officials said the agreement sent an important signal that border disputes with other regional powers could be solved, but admitted disagreements with Bangladesh were easier to resolve than those with China or Pakistan. There are hopes now that the agreement will also boost trade and allow people living in 162 enclaves made centuries ago to choose their nationality after decades of statelessness.

The Boundary Agreement ceremony was witnessed by Modi, Hasina and west Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.