KATHMANDU, Oct 13: Nepal and Suriname have established formal diplomatic relations on Thursday.
On behalf of their respective governments, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations Nirmal Raj Kafle and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Suriname to the United Nations Kitty Sweeb signed the joint communiqué, according to a press statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
The number of countries with which Nepal maintains diplomatic ties has now reached 163.
Nepal and Suriname have been working closely at the United Nations and other intergovernmental processes, including the Non-aligned Movement and the Group of 77.
According to the MoFA statement, the two acting heads of the mission of Nepal and Suriname discussed matters of mutual interests, including the potential areas for cooperation and issues of global concerns. The two countries have agreed to further strengthen the friendship and cooperation at the bilateral level as well as in multilateral forums following the establishment of the formal diplomatic relations.
Suriname, a unicameral presidential republic, lies in northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana. Following its independence (from the Netherlands) in 1975, Suriname became the member of the United Nations in the same year.