The new Surinamese Ambassador to Guyana on Wednesday offered his country’s support to Guyana’s oil and gas industry.
Ambassador Ebu Rohno Jones presented his letter of credence to President David Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency. In his address in the presence of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Karen Cummings, he noted that Suriname has decades of experience in the oil and gas industry.
“The Republic of Suriname with 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry is willing to share this knowledge with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and, if necessary, to support the further development thereof,” Ambassador Jones told the President.
The new Surinamese Ambassador has also assured that his country will maintain peace even as the two nations work to find a sustainable solution to its border issue.
“The border issue is one of the important challenges, where we as sovereign nations should find a sustainable solution for,” he said, adding that bilateral agreements have already been concluded which both countries should adhere to.
He assured that the Dutch-speaking country will continue to maintain the conditions of peace and friendship in this process.
“Strategic, emphasis should be placed on what binds us rather than what divides us,” Ambassador Jones said.
Along the same lines, President Granger after accepting the letter of credence noted that “the preservation of regional peace and security is vital to protecting our common interests.”
He added that the two countries are bound by bonds of geography, history and mutual interests.
“Our relationship is founded on mutual respect for each other’s’ territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual noninterference in each other’s international affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of regional peace and security,” the President pointed out.
He added that Guyana and Suriname have collaborated in the fields of agriculture, culture, environment, fisheries, forestry, health, mining, security, trade and transportation.
Guyana established formal diplomatic relations with Suriname on its attainment of Independence on 25th November 1975.