President Chan Santokhi held an official meeting with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Foreign policy between the two countries has been discussed. Attention was also paid to the relationship between the US and Caricom. Santokhi, who is also Caricom chairman, and Blinken also exchanged views on the situation in Venezuela and Haiti. The focus was also on the security issues arising from drug and people smuggling from the Caribbean to the US.
The head of state has discussed the developments surrounding the oil and gas sector, with the opportunities and dangers associated with it. With this in view to protect Surinamese nature, which is of great value worldwide. Furthermore, bilateral cooperation between the two countries was discussed as well as support for the US in various areas.
The Suriname Communications Service reported that since Secretary Mike Pompeo’s visit in September 2020, the relationship between the two countries has improved significantly. This has benefited cooperation in the field of human rights, drug prevention and investments.
In conclusion, an invitation was extended to Blinken by President Santokhi for a visit to Suriname and he expressed the hope of welcoming him on Suriname’s 46th Independence Day.