Non-Resident Philippine Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname, Marichu Mauro presented her Letter of Credence to Surinamese President Desiré Bouterse on 30 July 2018 at the Presidential Palace in an official ceremony that included full military honors with the Philippine national anthem played in the background by the Suriname Military Band.
She expressed gratitude for the President’s acceptance of her credentials and conveyed the warm greetings of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to President Bouterse, his family and the people of Suriname. She also thanked President Bouterse for the benevolent and compassionate treatment of Filipino workers in the country who have considered Suriname their second home.
President Bouterse praised the good and stable relations between Suriname and the Philippines despite diplomatic relations having been established relatively recently in 1997. He acknowledged the great geographical distance between the two countries but does not consider it as a hindrance in enhancing bilateral relations particularly in the areas of agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries and agricultural technology.
Ambassador Mauro pledged to do her best in developing Philippine-Suriname relations.
President Bouterse in turn wished her success and expressed his confidence that she will follow through the proposals initially raised with Foreign Affairs Minister Yldiz Pollack-Beighle in an earlier meeting.