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In a significant milestone, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma signed an agreement in New Delhi on Tuesday to resolve the 50-year-old border dispute between the two northeastern states in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah.

"I'd want to express my gratitude to Amit Shah for providing us with guidance on how to overcome the border disputes. The first step of the resolution was completed today. Only Himanta Biswa Sarma could have made it possible "Sangma stated shortly after signing the contract.

He had previously stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah had made "a lot of push" to overcome the disputes between the two states.