Feb 21, 2019 18:17 IST

Agartala (Tripura) [India], Feb 21 (ANI): The youth are a fundamental asset of any country and to some extend plays a crucial role in eliminating hatred and violence that has choked national unity. In a bid towards strengthening the bilateral ties between India and neighbouring Bangladesh, 24 students of the Border Security Force, including 10 girls from Tripura, Silchar and Guwahati are on a five-day-tour to the neighbouring country.
The tour is a friendship visit through the Agartala integrated check post under the confidence-building initiative between the two border guards.
Tripura’s frontier’s officiating Inspector General (IG) Ashok Kumar Yadav, while flagging off the adventure tour of school children of BSF to Bangladesh, said India’s Eastern Frontier is the best International Border in terms of relations, security and other aspects with the neighbours. This tour is perhaps a step towards enhancing the long standing relations.
Speaking about the initiative, Ashok Kumar Yadav said, “The main motto of this programme is to strengthened bilateral ties and maintains a cordial relation and to solve problems amicably. Although the situation in western side is quite disturbing but in eastern side both the force are working together towards border management. We are having long live Indo-Bangla friendship.”
Both BSF and BGB expressed that the programme of the visit of school students of India and Bangladesh will not only acquaint their children with the rich social and cultural heritage of both the countries, but will also go a long way in strengthening the ties and friendly relationship between border guarding forces.
The team would visit Dhaka and different historical places of the country including Sylhet districts where the students would be hiking in rocky and plateau areas of Jaflong.
It was the students’ first trip to any foreign country and they said they were happy and excited to get this opportunity.
Lt Col Kabir, a BGB official said, “This is a great initiative through which we can know each other in a better way to further strengthen our relationship and carry it to a new height. Our children will know about both the friendship between the two nations and carry it forward. In coming days, children from our country will also come and it will be fixed by authority of both the nations.”
It is worth mentioning that, the four north-eastern states – Tripura (856 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Mizoram (318 km) and Assam (263 km) – share a total of 1,880-km international border with Bangladesh. (ANI)

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