Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with the 15-member Caribbean block in New York, the Vice-President of Suriname has voiced support for India’s actions in Kashmir.
Speaking in response to a question, Vice-President Michael Ashwin Adhin said his country had respect for India’s Kashmir action since Suriname follows the U.N. Charter and therefore won’t interfere in the internal affairs of India.
"Suriname has included some of the U.N. ideals like non-interference in our Constitution. If you are able to talk to each other, it is always good. That is our position,” said Mr. Adhin in response to a question from The Hindu about the withdrawal of Article 370 and the subsequent tension in South Asia.
Mr. Adhin was on a private visit to Delhi ahead of Prime Minister Modi's meeting with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The 15-member CARICOM has emerged as an important block of member nations whose support is crucial for India as New Delhi seeks greater support at the UN.
The Caribbean Community has a large population of Indian-origin people who are seen as crucial by India. The Indian government under Mr. Modi has reached out to the community through various platforms.
Pakistan is expected to raise the Kashmir issue at the UNGA and India’s diplomatic counter is therefore, geared at mobilising support from all members and regional blocks.
When asked if Suriname expects the Kashmir issue to be raised at the U.N., Mr Adhin said, “There is a possibility of the issue could be raised on the margins of UNGA. Suriname will not raise the issue.” He highlighted that Suriname always stood for dialogue and reconciliation especially in the Latin American region where several countries like Venezuela and Nicaragua have asked for Suriname's help in peacebuilding. Mr Adhin said that the requests showed the support that his country enjoys in the region for being impartial and for respecting constructive approach to end conflicts.
"We are known for the Surinamese way which is meant for mutual respect and conserving our diverse historically diverse regional culture," said Mr Adhin.