Brazil offers Suriname Petrobras support for oil exploration

President Bolsonaro pays official visit to neighboring country

Published in 21/01/2022 - 08:40 By Pedro Rafael Vilela - Repórter da Agência Brasil - Brasília

President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday (Jan. 20) that Petrobras can collaborate in the exploration of oil reserves in Suriname. The president arrived in the morning in Paramaribo, capital of the neighboring country, for an official visit.

"We offer Suriname our expertise in oil prospecting and that's why we brought the Minister of Mines and Energy”, said Bolsonaro. The president expressed his expectation about Petrobras developing cooperation projects in this area, during a joint press statement with the president of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi. The government of Suriname has recently discovered oil and gas reserves and is now working to ensure the exploitation of the fuels.

Both presidents signed a joint statement detailing the main agreements and treaties signed during the visit. In this regard, the Surinamese head of state mentioned the long existing bilateral partnership between the two nations and highlighted the main points discussed during the meeting.

"I am convinced that our cooperation in the future in several areas, such as trade, energy investments, including oil and gas, security, defense, as well as immigration and consular matters, will certainly bring concrete results and mutual benefit," Santokhi said

Bolsonaro had a lunch meeting with Santokhi and the president of Guyana, Irfaan Ali, according to the official agenda informed by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On the occasion, the three heads of state discussed projects of common interest. This is the first visit to Suriname by a Brazilian head of state since 2005, when then-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was in Paramaribo.

Translation: Mário Nunes -  Edition: Juliana Andrade

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