On the sidelines of 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention,The President of India, Droupadi Murmu met Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, who was the Chief Guest at Indore and President of Surinam Chandrikapersad Santokhi in Madhya Pradesh.
Welcoming Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President Murmu said that even though India and Guyana are separated geographically by a large distance, both countries have many things in common, including a colonial past, and multicultural societies. Most importantly, the large Indian Diaspora acts as an enduring link of friendship between India and Guyana.
The President said that bilateral relations between the two countries have strengthened over recent years. Trade between India and Guyana is also on an upward trajectory. Pointing out the recent major discoveries of oil and gas in Guyana, she said that there is immense scope of cooperation and collaboration between Guyana and India in this area. India has requisite experience and expertise across the entire oil and gas value chain.
The President said that India is keen to further strengthen its development partnership with Guyana, and India would also be happy to deepen its capacity building and training cooperation. She appreciated the Government of Guyana for its continued support to India’s candidature in various international bodies and to India’s priorities on global issues.
The President of India, Droupadi Murmu also met Chandrikapersad Santokhi, the President of the Republic of Suriname at Indore.
Welcoming President Santokhi and his delegation, President Murmu said that it is heartening to see his participation in the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention. She was happy to note that the Indian community in Suriname has maintained its cultural identity even after 150 years of leaving India. She was delighted to know that Suriname is celebrating 150th anniversary of arrival of Indians in June 2023. She was proud to note that despite the large geographical distance, Hindi is widely spoken in Suriname.
The President said that cooperation between India and Suriname is progressing well. Regular high level visits are providing impetus to our growing relations. She reiterated India’s commitment for extending technical cooperation and contributing to capacity building and skill development in Suriname. She said that we must work together to expand our trade for mutual benefit.
Both leaders also discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations and advance cooperation in trade, energy, technology and culture.