Both leaders also recognized the Indian diaspora’s efforts in their respective countries
Guyana's President Mohammed Irfan Ali and Suriname’s President Chandrikapersad Santokhi commended India on Monday for providing vaccinations and medical aid to developing nations when the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc in various parts of the world.

Addressing the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention 2023 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, President Ali said, "When the world couldn't find the vaccine and you face the challenge of the covid-19 pandemic, you show the word what we and hope is when you shared vaccine with the rest of the world."

Commending Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his efforts in the battle against the pandemic, he stated,

"India used the fruits of its independence to assist other developing countries. PM Modi, we owe you a debt of gratitude. The world locked its borders... you showed that globalisation can still succeed and there is still love when the hardest times hit us."

President Ali also discussed the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam's ideology, pointing out that India helped the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking about his time in India, the Guyanese president remarked that he was happy to be there because it was where he had received his higher education.

Ali added that those seeking freedom found inspiration in India's independence. He claimed that Guyana has learned a lot from the PBD host and that India is a global leader in cultivating talent.

He maintained that Guyana is now welcoming the integration of the Indian diaspora.

"Guayana is now embracing the integration of the diaspora. They are an integral part of our nation. They are a part of us and not apart from us," he said.

Later on, in his speech at the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, the President of Suriname, addressed the convention in Hindi. He also sent his sympathies for the passing of Heeraben Modi, the mother of the Prime Minister.

He went on to emphasize the necessity of establishing diaspora funding for diaspora initiatives and programs. He gave instances of localized businesses supporting international aviation connections and producing inexpensive drugs.

In addition, he advocated for the creation of a Caribbean high-tech training facility in contemporary technology for countries with expatriate populations and stated that Suriname would be happy to host one of those facilities. He praised India's health and financial sectors, as well as the contribution of the Indian diaspora.

During the event, President Ali, President Santokhi, and Prime Minister Modi also unveiled a commemorative stamp and emphasized the need for a secure, authorized, well-organized, and skilled migration.