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Former Suriname foreign minister appointed to OAS and soon to Washington
Published on May 1, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

New Permanent Representative of Suriname to the OAS, Niermala Badrising (L), presents her credentials to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro. Photo: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor

WASHINGTON USA -- Former foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, presented her credentials as Suriname’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) to Secretary General Luis Almagro on Friday, signaling her government’s intention to have an astute and experienced diplomat to represent its interest at the OAS and soon to Washington, DC.

At a ceremony held at OAS headquarters in Washington, Badrising made a strong call for multilateral cooperation amidst what she termed a “changing global environment characterized by an ever-growing confluence of world-scale challenges”.

“The global and interconnected nature of the 21st century challenges require collective actions to find solutions that transcend national borders,” she said.

She also highlighted the need “for renewed multilateralism, one that could be based in an integrated approach and one that could be more in tune with the principles of international law and international relations”.

Badrising, a proponent of multilateralism, noted, “Multilateralism in today’s world and more in particularly in our own region, has not been spared as well! Fragmentation of multilateralism is also evident in the Western Hemisphere and affects our endeavours for enhancing sustainable development, regional integration, and a strong Inter-American solidarity.”

She also affirmed that her government is “committed to the guiding principles of the Organization, as enshrined in various instruments of the OAS, including the OAS Charter, the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the Social Charter of the Americas and the Plan of Action of the Social Charter.”

For his part, Almagro welcomed back the representative who had already served in the same position between 2012 and 2015, and emphasized the productive working relationship he maintained with Badrising during her tenure as minister of foreign affairs.
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