PARAMARIBO, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Surinamese President Desire Bouterse and visiting senior Chinese political advisor Shao Hong met here on Thursday, with both sides pledging to promote bilateral ties.
Shao, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), headed a delegation of Chinese political advisors.
Shao said that over the past 43 years since China and Suriname established diplomatic ties, both sides have respected each other and treated eath other as equals, making them a paradigm of friendly exchanges between countries of different sizes and cultural backgrounds and South-South cooperation.
In recent years, thanks to the joint efforts of the two heads of state, both sides have maintained close exchanges at all levels and deepened political mutual trust, said Shao.
China has always attached great importance to the Sino-Surinamese relationship and hopes to further bilateral relations by taking advantage of the joint construction of the Belt and Road, Shao added.
Bouterse spoke highly of bilateral relationship and congratulated his guests on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and CPPCC.
He said Suriname is willing to further enhance high-level exchanges between the two countries and deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields.
Shao also held talks with Jennifer Simons, chairperson of the National Assembly of Suriname, and met with Surinamese Foreign Minister Yldiz Pollack-Beighle and Health Minister Antoine Elias.