U.S. And Suriname Strengthen Security And Defense Cooperation

(MENAFN- The Rio Times) The United States and Suriname have signed a Framework Agreement for Cooperation between the U.S. Southern Command and the Surinamese National Army.

This agreement aims to enhance bilateral defense and security cooperation over the next five years.

Major General Julie Nethercot, Director of Strategy, Policy, and Plans at the U.S. Southern Command , signed the agreement during her visit to Suriname.

Suriname's National Army Commander, Colonel Werner Kioe A Sen, and Minister of Defense, Krishna Mathoera, were present alongside the U.S. Ambassador to Suriname, Robert Faucher.

Minister Mathoera emphasized that this document formalizes collaboration and outlines key focus areas to address serious challenges jointly.

She identified five critical areas for cooperation, including institutional development to strengthen the military's training capabilities and ensure a more professional and capable army

Strategic communication and cooperation against transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, and other criminal activities were also highlighted.

Additionally, Mathoera mentioned the importance of enhancing military mobility in the air, on land, and at sea to respond more effectively to crises.

Joint efforts can significantly boost the ability to deploy troops
and resources when necessary.

This agreement aligns with the broader goals of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the "nearshoring" strategy, which aims to source from geographically close and allied countries.

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The framework also comes at a time when regional cooperation in South America is increasingly vital.

For instance, during the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC 22), defense leaders from ten nations, including Suriname, discussed regional security challenges and cooperation.

These discussions emphasized the need for partnerships to counter transnational threats and environmental issues caused by illegal activities. They underscored the importance of such bilateral agreements.

The U.S.-Surinam agreement will likely bolster regional security and enhance the operational capabilities of both nations.

This collaboration reflects a strategic approach to addressing complex security issues in the region. It highlights the importance of strong international partnerships in maintaining stability and security.

The agreement emphasizes the significance of joint efforts in addressing transnational challenges and ensuring a stable and secure environment in the region.


The Rio Times

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