Kenya-Suriname Sign Cooperation Framework During Surinamese FM's Inaugural Visit

11 December 2019

Nairobi — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday signed three bilateral agreement with the government of Suriname, one of which sets out a roadmap for the South American nation to deploy an Ambassador to Kenya.

Speaking after a closed-door meeting with Suriname Foreign Affairs Minister Pollack Beighle, Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said the two countries also agreed to work together on areas including environment, food security and health.

"It is in trade and investment where we will find prosperity for our people so overall a great meeting and we are delighted to continue growing our footprint in the countries of African descent in the Caribbean. We are happy that Suriname has paid us this first visit by a Suriname Foreign Minister in Kenya," Juma said.

Beighle stated bilateral talks will help the two countries to forge a way for cooperation which will enable them to exchange their experiences and capabilities.

"It is good to mention that that your country has such huge and fast potential and creativity and we Suriname are delighted for this cooperation because it is all about our people and we want them to know each other and not about each other," she said.

Suriname is the smallest country in South America which is considered part of the insular Caribbean region.

This comes few days after Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, Saturday opened a Caribbean Community Diplomatic Office at the Two Rivers Complex on Limuru Road.

Barbados was among Caribbean nations President Uhuru Kenyatta toured in August during a 3-day visit in the region.

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