Suriname, a small yet beautiful country in South America, is ready to remove visa permits and promote ‘visa-free travel’ between India and Suriname. On January 8, President Chandrikapersad Santokhi said that their country is ready to take the first step to strengthen the bilateral bonds between the two nations.

The President was speaking on Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention organised by India on January 9. He said, “Suriname is prepared to take the first step in doing so by ending visa permits for visitors from India to Suriname.”

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is organised every year by India to commemorate the day Mahatma Gandhi arrived in India. This year, the event was held virtually and on the occasion, Suriname’s Indian origin leader spoke at the external affairs ministry’s flagship event in Bhojpuri dialect.

The president further said that the country diaspora is a crucial part of India’s soft power and that India too is an integral part of Suriname’s soft power. He said allowing free movement between the two countries will bring prosperity and add to various sectors including education and science.

“The importance of the Indian diaspora can and must be one of the mutual benefits. If we approach the opportunities in this way, we can achieve great things for our countries. In this interconnected world we all live in, we value international relationships based on respect and mutual benefits.”

About Suriname

Suriname is a small country in South America dotted with Dutch colonial architecture and tropical rainforest. The capital of the country, Paramaribo, is a melting-pot of culture. Some of the prime places to visit in the country include a 17th-century trading post, Fort Zeelandia, 1885 built Saint Peter and Paul Basilica among others.

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