Suriname and Brazil Strengthen Defense Cooperation
By Dialogo September 17, 2012
Suriname and Brazil agreed to strengthen military cooperation and boost the former Dutch colony’s defense infrastructure, during a two-day visit to Paramaribo by Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim.
“Brazil and Suriname agreed to set up a working bilateral group that will address and coordinate defense activities for both countries at the high command level,” Amorim said at a news conference on September 13, together with his Surinamese counterpart, Lamuré Latour.
The meeting between Amorim and Lamuré focused on joint cooperation in the Air Force, including education and training opportunities for Surinamese soldiers. The parties are going to define a formal exchange between soldiers and Brazilian experts.
The parties also discussed the establishment of an airstrip on the border between the two countries and Suriname’s participation in the Amazon Monitoring System in Brazil.
Caring for the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest and its rich water aquifers is important for Brazil, said Amorim.
The Brazilian minister also spoke by telephone with Suriname President Dese Bouterse, and met with Foreign Minister Winston Lackin.
Latour plans to travel to Brazil early next year to expand and strengthen the ties.