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Turkey to expand CARICOM ties through Suriname
Published on November 3, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Turkey wants to use its strong ties with Suriname to expand economic relations with CARICOM nations according to Turkish ambassador Ersin Erçin during his visit to Paramaribo on Thursday local media reported. Erçin is the resident ambassador of Turkey to Brazil.

Turkey has indicated great interest in investing in various sectors in Suriname, according to Erçin.

"We do not have much experience in the Caribbean. In the last few years we have been working to expand ties with the region. Suriname is a strategic country," said Erçin.

The Turkish diplomat announced that the vice president of Suriname, Robert Ameerali, will visit Turkey in January and meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. Ameerali will lead a large business delegation to Turkey. During the visit the two countries will sign four treaties, mostly in the area of economics. Also, they will discuss the strengthening of trade relations between the two countries, according to Erçin.

Suriname, like Turkey, is a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which is headed by a Turkish national, Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. This forum provides multiple opportunities to forge stronger ties between the two countries, according to Erçin. As well, both countries have appointed honourary consuls in their respective capitals, which has strengthened ties.

There are now about a hundred Turkish nationals in Suriname.

"More than in Brasilia," said Erçin.

They mainly work in casinos.
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