Hyderabad: Republic of Suriname today announced opening of its Honorary Consulate office here and appointed Asif Iqbal as the Honorary Consul.
The Honorary Consulate, which will have consular jurisdiction over Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, will work towards strengthening the educational, scientific, cultural and economic ties between the two countries, according to an official release.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Suriname, Winston Lackin announced the appointment of Iqbal as the Honorary Consul and the Ministry of External affairs in India has conveyed the concurrence of the Indian President to the appointment, it said.
Suriname’s Ambassador in India, Aashna Wandana Kanhai, said the South American country is 80 per cent filled with rain-forests and is the largest exporter of bauxite to India.
Iqbal said there will be trade delegations and official exploratory trips to Suriname organised by the Honorary Consulate in October 2016 from here.
The Indo Suriname Chamber of Commerce in India has taken delegations to Suriname in the last two years and invited many investors for investment in Telangana focused on agricultural cooperation and food processing, it further said.