Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga met at Assam House in New Delhi on Thursday evening. The meeting lasted for about 90 minutes, after which both the Chief Ministers spoke to the media.
“We are very good friends and we have been able to maintain the friendship for a long time. Today was one such occasion when we sat comfortably and talked,” the Mizoram Chief Minister said.
Sarma agreed to them and termed the talks as “just a friendly conversation”. He said that Zoramthanga was already in Delhi, and when he reached the national capital, he invited the Mizoram chief minister for a meal.
The leaders, however, confirmed to CNN News18 that on Friday they would try to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and discuss the pending Assam-Mizoram border issue in detail.
Thursday’s meeting was actually the first physical meeting between the two leaders after the violent clashes on the border that were witnessed in late July when six Assam policemen were killed in cross-firing.
This comes at a very crucial juncture when the Union Home Minister has asked all the North-East states to resolve the border issue before 15th August 2022.
Apart from being the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta also has a major role to play in North-Eastern politics, as he is one of the key figures in the North East and affairs as the Convener of NEDA.
Assam Border Minister Atul Bora was also present along with Himanta on this occasion. The process of establishing peace in both the states began in the month of August when administrators from both the sides met and decided to resolve the issue at the earliest.