Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday extended greetings and heartiest congratulations to Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on his assumption of office as Chief Minister of Assam, India.
In a congratulatory message sent to new the CM of Assam, she expressed her topmost concern on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, reiterating "Bangladesh looks towards collective action across borders for countering the menace."
The premier said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Assam and India as a whole for saving lives and restoring livelihoods."
Sheikh Hasina hoped that under Dr Sarma's visionary leadership the multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic and multi-faith people of Assam will progress towards a more vibrant society and greater development.
The prime minister said that Bangladesh-India relations enjoy phenomenal warmth, depth, and diversity, where Assam is an integral part of this relationship.
She reiterated that 2021 is a special year for both India and Bangladesh as both the country celebrates 50 years of bilateral relations, in particular, Bangladesh celebrates the Golden Jubilee of Independence as well as the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The premier mentioned that with Bangladesh poised to graduate into a middle-income country, "We invite Assam to reap benefits from our socio-economic development and growth trajectory."
The government of Bangladesh remains steadfast in strengthening connectivity for the North-Eastern part of India, she continued.
Mentioning that the given positional advantage as a connectivity hub between South and South East Asia, she said: "We remain supportive of India's 'Act East Policy'."