Press release

Historic bilateral discussions take place between Seychelles and Suriname

December 11, 2019

10th December 2019, 9th ACP Summit, Nairobi – In a historic meeting today, Ambassador Barry Faure, Secretary of State for the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of the Blue Economy, met with Hon. Yldiz Deborah Pollack-Beighle, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Suriname, and agreed to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries via their respective Permanent Representations to the United Nations in New York.

Both parties further agreed to explore the possibility of signing bilateral agreements such as on visa waivers and political consultations. They identified cooperation in several areas like climate change, ocean governance, fisheries, forestry (where Suriname is ranked the first in the world in terms of forest cover) and tackling the trafficking of illicit drugs.

Ambassador Faure shared the experience of Seychelles in championing a Blue Economy blueprint plan at the African Union level. He further reiterated the message of President Danny Faure pronounced during the ACP Business Summit for all ACP regions to develop their regional blue economy roadmap.

Similarly, they agreed to follow the call of President Faure during the Summit for the ACP SIDS to work within their respective organisations to establish closer engagements, typically during the negotiations for a new ACP-EU partnership agreement.