Official US Dept. of State statement.
On behalf of the government and the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Suriname on your Independence Day.
Our two countries share strong, educational, historic, economic, and cultural ties and we look forward to continuing our work together to strengthen commercial ties, address the climate crisis, promote accountability in governance, cooperate in the health sector, bolster human rights, and encourage stability in the region.
We hope to expand cooperative opportunities in the security and defense arena to jointly fight illicit activity and expand and professionalize the security forces. We celebrate the people-to-people professional exchange programs that strengthen the bonds of friendship between our citizens and look forward to more opportunities in the year ahead.
As we work to make continued progress towards challenges such as climate change in the coming year, including through the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis (PACC 2030), the United States will remain a committed partner.
Our shared values of democracy and resilience will continue to be cornerstones for our shared objectives.
We look forward to our continued collaboration and commitment to strengthening the ties between our two countries in the years to come. Happy Independence Day.
Statement by Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State.
History Suriname National Day.
On November 25, 1975, Suriname became an independent nation. This day is celebrated annually as Suriname National Day. The holiday commemorates the country’s independence from the Netherlands and pays tribute to the Surinamese people who fought for their freedom.
The road to independence was a long and difficult one. For centuries, the indigenous peoples of Suriname had been exploited and oppressed by Dutch colonizers. In 1954, a group of young activists formed the Progressive Reform Party (PRP) in an effort to fight for independence. They organized protests and strikes but were met with violence and repression from the Dutch authorities.
In 1973, after years of struggle, the PRP reached a compromise with the Dutch government which led to Suriname’s independence. On November 25, 1975, Suriname became a sovereign nation. The day is celebrated annually as Independence Day with parades, concerts, and fireworks displays.
Suriname’s heritage is rich and diverse. The country is home to people of African, Indian, Chinese, Javanese, and Amerindian descent. Each group has contributed its own unique culture to the melting pot that is Suriname society. There are also traces of the history of Suriname Independence Day and its Heritage.
Today Suriname celebrates its independence, a country that has fought long and hard for its freedom. The road to independence was difficult, but the Surinamese people persevered. This holiday is a celebration of their culture and heritage, which is rich and diverse.
The US government is looking forward to continuing its work with the government, to strengthen commercial ties, address the climate crisis, promote accountability in governance, cooperate in the health sector, bolster human rights, and encourage stability in the region.
Sources: THX News & US Dept of State.