File photo of Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will leave for Delhi in the next few days to discuss the Naga political issue with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Chief Minister Rio on Monday told reporters in Kohima that during a telephonic conversation Shah asked him to come to Delhi.

“We are in touch over the phone. He asked me when I can come to Delhi to discuss the Naga political issue, and matters pertaining to the alliance and development of the state. I am planning to go there for one-two days in the first week of December,” Rio said.

Earlier, Rio had said that Shah has asked him and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who has also been involved in the Naga peace talks with the NSCN (IM), to come to Delhi.

On reports that the Framework Agreement between the Centre and NSCN (IM) has become a roadblock to the ‘final solution’ of the Naga political issue, he said that the pact has been signed between the Government of India and the outfit and he is not privy to issues pertaining to it.

The Centre and the NSCN (IM) have been holding talks to resolve the decades-old Naga political issue since 1997, while the Framework Agreement was signed in 2015 and talks were said to have concluded in October 2019.

However, the ‘final solution’ is yet to be achieved due to the consistent demand of NSCN (IM) for a separate flag and constitution of Nagas.

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