Bangladesh PM writes to new CM of Assam; focuses on shared economic development

'Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Assam and India as a whole for saving lives and restoring livelihoods,' PM Hasina said

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has written to the newly-elected Chief Minister of the Indian state of Assam, with a focus on shared economic development and connectivity.

Assam is one of the five Indian states, along with West Bengal, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya that share an international border with Bangladesh.

In the letter to the CM, Bangladesh PM expressing her confidence said, "under your visionary leadership the multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic and multi-faith people of Assam will progress towards a more vibrant society and greater development".

Assam saw a three-phase election from March 27 to April 6 and the incumbent BJP-led NDA alliance retaining power in the 126 legislative assembly, getting 75 seats.

Highlighting how Bangladesh is "poised to graduate into a middle-income country", Bangladesh PM extended an "invite" to Assam to "reap benefits from our socio-economic development and growth trajectory".

The United Nations Committee for Development Policy has recommended the graduation of the country to a middle-income country since it has met all the three eligibility criteria based on per capita income, human asset, and economic vulnerability index.