Suriname on June 5 conferred its highest civilian honour to President of India, Droupadi Murmu to honour the deep-rooted bilateral ties between the two nations. She is the first Indian to receive The Grand Order of the Chain of Yellow Star.
President Murmu received the award from the President of the Republic of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi. She arrived in Suriname on June 4, 2023, on a three-day State visit – her first since assuming office in July last year. The President of India said that the honour holds tremendous significance not only for her, but the people of India. She dedicated the award to the “successive generations” of the Indian-Surinamese community.
On the first leg of her state visit to Serbia and Suriname, President Droupadi Murmu arrived in Paramaribo, Suriname on Sunday. She expressed her delight to be in Suriname on her first State Visit as President of India when it is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in Suriname, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said in an official release.
India and Suriname on June 5 signed four major Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in the fields of health, agriculture and capacity building. The pacts were inked after Murmu and Santokhi held delegation-level talks. President Murmu led delegation-level talks between the two sides.