Brazil offers Petrobras support for oil exploration in Suriname

Brazil offers Petrobras support for oil exploration in Suriname

President Jair Bolsonaro said this Thursday (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.Brazil offers Petrobras support for oil exploration in Suriname

“We have to offer the country our expertise in oil prospecting and that’s why we brought in the Minister of Mines and Energy. I salute and thank you for what we talked about a little while ago, regarding the possible priority for the country, through Petrobras, to collaborate in oil and gas prospecting”, said Bolsonaro, during a joint press statement alongside 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.

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

“I am convinced that our cooperation in the future in various areas, including trade, energy investments, including oil and gas, security, defense, as well as immigration and consular matters, will certainly yield concrete results in mutual benefit,” Santokhi said.

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

Tomorrow (21), President Jair Bolsonaro will pay a visit to the capital of Guyana, Georgetown. The forecast is that he will return to Brazil soon.

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