The meetings concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of the Corentyne River Bridge, which is aimed at promoting transport, trade, and tourism between the two countries and the possible creation of a free trade zone.
The two leaders decided to establish a Border Commission with the purpose of "resolving pending issues" in this area and a Strategic Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement supported by Guyana and Suriname's Strategic Dialogue and Cooperation Platform (SDCP) to implement joint projects.
"The Corentyne River bridge is not only important to facilitate the movement of persons and goods, trade and cross-border cooperation, but it also symbolizes a transition from the oath to a new era, where there are well-being and prosperity of the people, democracy, and rule of law," President Santokhi said.
His Excellency Dr Irfaan Ali and his delegation today made a site visit to the State Oil Company in Suriname, following the joint press conference held earlier this morning. pic.twitter.com/EQYpLbQ84L
President Ali is on a three-day official visit to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Suriname's independence. It is his first official trip abroad since he took office in August this year.
"We will focus on integration and regionalization in an open and transparent manner, which is results-oriented, forward-looking, and based on trust and joint actions. There are negative issues, but when we convert energy in a positive direction, only the country and people will benefit," he said.
Formerly known as Dutch Guiana, Suriname gained its independence from the Netherlands on 25 November 1975.
The inauguration of Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali as Guyana’s ninth executive President has been completed. The ceremony comes one week after he was sworn in. The country was facing a five-month long political crisis. pic.twitter.com/8eLuCllv8b