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Suriname president to attend Africa-South American summit
Published on February 14, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ray Chickrie
By Caribbean News Now contributor

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse will attend the upcoming Africa-South American summit (ASA) scheduled for February 22 in Equatorial Guinea at the invitation of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, according to Foreign Minister Winston Lackin.

The foreign minister of Suriname stressed that the summit aims to forge stronger economic cooperation between the two regions.

Suriname and Equatorial Guinea will each open an embassy in their respective capitals.

Bouterse and his delegation will immediately return to Suriname right after the summit for the Revolution Day celebrations of 25 February, said Lackin.

Lackin said that this meeting is also important in preparation for the presidency of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) that will be transferred to Suriname in Paramaribo in July. Suriname will host a ministerial meeting of UNASUR followed by the heads of government summit.

"This is a major event that will draw much attention to Suriname," Lackin said.

In a related development, the president of Brazil, Delma Rousseff, will also attend the ASA Summit.
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