Suriname’s President Santokhi is on a 4-day official visit to Guyana

The President of Suriname - Chandrikapersad Santokhi, is on a four-day official visit to the Caribbean island of Guyana. He was received at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, by the Prime Minister - (Ret'd) Brigadier Mark Phillips.

Guyana: The President of Suriname – Chandrikapersad Santokhi, is on a four-day official visit to the Caribbean island of Guyana. He was received at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, by the Prime Minister – (Ret’d) Brigadier Mark Phillips.

During the first day of his visit with his delegation, the Suriname President had an informal Dinner with Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.

The event was also attended by – the First Lady of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, H.E. Arya Ali, First Lady of the Republic of Suriname, H.E. Mellisa Santokhi-Seenacherry, the Prime Minister of the – the Co-operative Republic of Guyana – Brigadier Mark Phillips, the wife of the Prime Minister, Mrs Mignon Bowen-Phillips, several Ministers of the Governments of Guyana and Suriname, Private Sector officials of both countries and members of the Diplomatic Corps both countries and other invited guests.

Guyana and Suriname relations lead to bilateral relations between Guyana and Suriname. Suriname has an embassy in Georgetown.

Guyana has an embassy in – Paramaribo; the Courantyne river makes up most of the border between the two nations.

Guyana and Suriname ( along with the French Guiana and Trinidad and Tobago) share many geologic, cultural and historical similarities and their distinct position as West Indian societies estranged from the rest of South America.

Historically, both the nations were settled by the Dutch & impacted by the importation of slaves from Africa for the – sugar industry. After the abolition of slavery, then another wave of labour was brought from the Asia, mainly Indians, to both the nations and Indonesians to Suriname alone.

A maritime boundary dispute was resolved in the year 2007 under arbitration by the United Nations Tribunal on the Law of the Sea. There is an – ongoing territorial dispute between the Guyana island and Suriname regarding the Tigri Area.