President Ali off to Suriname for three-day official visit

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Guyana President Irfaan Ali and Suriname President Chandrikapersad Santokhi

Guyana’s President Dr Irfaan Ali, is scheduled to commence a three-day official visit to neighbouring Suriname on Monday to mark that country’s 45th independence anniversary and to engage in bilateral talks with Government officials there.

Dr Ali will be accompanied by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall.

According to a report by Starnieuws, the President’s visit was confirmed by Suriname’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Business and International Cooperation Albert Ramdin.

Dr Ali and his Surinamese counterpart, Chandrikapersad Santokhi will sign several cooperation agreements after a formal meeting on Tuesday, according to news reports out of Suriname.

The Guyanese Head of State will be the only guest to address the National Assembly in an extraordinary public meeting on Wednesday.

President Ali will also visit Staatsolie, Suriname’s state oil company.

According to Starnieuws, the festivities will be held under strict protocols, taking into account Covid-19.

The Surinamese Head of State had visited Guyana back in August for the inauguration of President Ali.

In an update on their meeting in August, President Ali had indicated that the engagement between the two Heads of State was extensive, covering multiple sectors and was aimed at strengthening the existing relationship between Guyana and Suriname.

The talks also focused on “opening up emerging sectors and infrastructural link that can create opportunities for us and our human resources,” Dr Ali had said.

Presidents Ali and Santokhi have pledged their commitment to ensuring continued development between the two countries.

The presidential delegation from Guyana will return to Georgetown on Thursday.