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The Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) will participate in a football tournament to foster strong diplomatic ties between Indian and Bangladesh.

The Maitree Football Match series will begin at Belonia in Tripura on March 18 and will comprise of six matches.

The football matches will also be held in Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and West Bengal.

The football series is being organized as part of the ongoing celebrations of Bangladesh’s 50 years of independence.

According to BSF Tripura frontier IG Sushanta Nath, the relations between BSF and BGB have seen a marked improvement owing to collaborative programmes such as Maitree cycle rallies and other similar activities.

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Nath also said that the long-standing impasse over erecting a single row fencing in selected areas along the Indo-Bangla international border has also reached an amicable solution.

Nath said, “There are altogether 15 patches where the BSF requires clearance from the BGB to erect fences as the structures fall within 150 yards of the international borders. The BGB has given its clearance for three particular stretches and we hope that to get a clearance for the remaining patches too.”

A stretch of 40 kms along the Indo-Bangla international borders is currently unfenced, which is currently in the process of being covered with composite fencing.

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