Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of Guyana said that both his country and Suriname are focusing on strengthening bilateral relations and solidifying plans to create new opportunities, while the established Border Commission is working assiduously to resolve “outstanding issues.”
The Head of State gave this assurance during a joint press briefing today in Paramaribo, while fielding questions from the Surinamese press on the Guyana/Suriname border issue and the impact this will have on existing bilateral relations.
“So while the Commission is doing its work, we are focused on moving ahead with the relationship, moving ahead and solidifying our plans, moving ahead and bringing the two countries and people closer together. We are moving ahead in creating new opportunities, in creating new infrastructure, in creating a framework for trade and ensuring that we are ready and equipped to face the challenges that will come.”
Ali further explained that while the Commission is doing its work, both countries will continue to focus on development, advancement, integration as well as placing focus on sustainable relations for the benefit of all. He noted too that “one issue is not dependent on the other.”
“As you rightfully pointed out, we had a maritime issue which has been resolved. And I’m sure you’re aware too that we have a Border Commission that is working assiduously on outstanding issues. We have to allow them, just like we allowed the other process to bring a resolution, and both countries are benefiting.”