Dr Mike Evans

Suriname to open embassy in Jerusalem

Suriname will open an embassy in Jerusalem, the nation’s Foreign Minister Albert Ramdin announced during a meeting with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday.

The two nations have held diplomatic ties since 1976, though the embassy will be the nation’s first time to open a location in Jerusalem.

Suriname is located on the northeastern side of South America, with Brazil to its south.

The nation will join a growing coalition of countries with a diplomatic presence in Jerusalem. The U.S., Guatemala, Honduras and Kosovo all hold a full embassy in the city. Many other nations hold a branch in Jerusalem, including Australia and Hungary.

As part of the agreement between the two nations, Israel has agreed to send humanitarian aid to help residents in northern Suriname recover from flooding that took place in March.

The nations holding an embassy in Jerusalem all follow the move of the U.S. embassy to the city under former President Donald Trump on May 14, 2018, exactly 70 years after the modern rebirth of the nation of Israel.

“It was 70 years ago that the United States, under President Truman, recognized the State of Israel. Ever since then, Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem — the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times,” Trump said during his statement at the embassy’s opening.

“Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court. It is the location of the official residence of the Prime Minister and the President. It is the headquarters of many government ministries,” he added.