Turkey – Suriname Political Relations
Our diplomatic relations were established on May 17, 1976. The Friendship and Cooperation Agreement signed between Surinam and our country on 7 March 2013 entered into force on 13 September 2017.
Because of the geographical distance and the concentration of both countries on their own territories for many years, our relations have been rather limited. However, in recent years, we have become more and more interested in the region as a part of our Latin America and Caribbean expansion policy, opening new embassies in the region, launching TICA development and technical cooperation projects, establishing institutional relations with regional organizations and establishing Surinam comprising.
Our political relationships with Surinam are mostly based on international and regional organizations we have institutional relations with, such as the UN, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Latin American and Caribbean Communities (CELAC) and the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIT). Solidarity between the countries of Surinam and our country is being demonstrated on international platforms and especially the candidacy of the UN is mutually supported to the extent possible.
Former Deputy Head of Surinam President Robert Ameerali visited Turkey on 6-9 March 2013.
Surinam Finance Minister Andojo Rusland, 17-21 July 2014 between Turkey and Consultation and Cooperation Mechanism CARICOM Foreign Ministers held in Istanbul has visited our country to participate in the 1st Meeting.
Surinam Trade and Industry Minister Don Soejit Tosendjojo visited Turkey on November 25-28, 2014 as part of the 30th meeting of the OIC Economic and Commercial Standing Committee (COMCEC) in Istanbul.
Foreign Minister Niermala Badrising attended the 13th Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held in Istanbul on April 14-15, 2016, and Mrs Minister has held a bilateral meeting.
Our minister has held an interview with Surinam Foreign Minister Yildiz Pollack-Beighle on the occasion of the IOC 44th Ministerial Conference held in Abidjan on 10 July 2017.
Suriname is accredited by our Brazilian Embassy. We also have an Honorary Consulate in the capital, Paramaribo. Surinam has Honorary Consulates in Ankara and Istanbul.