From 4 to 5 February 2020, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, paid a working visit to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). During his visit Minister Asselborn met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and with Minister of State H.E. Dr. Anwar Gargash to strengthen the already excellent bilateral relations and discuss key international issues and latest developments in the Middle East.
During their talks, the Ministers committed to continue to further strengthen the dynamic political, economic and cultural cooperation between the UAE and Luxembourg.
On 4 February 2020, at the invitation of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Jean Asselborn spoke as guest of honor at the 14th UAE Ambassador’s Forum. The UAE Ambassador’s Forum is the annual gathering of all UAE Ambassadors abroad and aims to provide them with an update on the latest foreign policy issues.
During his speech, Minister Asselborn reviewed some current international issues and shared his views and analysis of the current crises with a particular focus on the recent initiatives with regard to the Middle East Peace Process. Minister Asselborn stressed the need for strong multilateralism in order to guarantee peace and security in the world.
On 5 February 2020, Minister Asselborn visited the Hedayah International Center for Countering Violent Extremism where he met with Hedayah Chairman, H.E. Dr. Ali Al Nuami, and learned about the important work the organization is doing in the field of combating violent extremism.
Later that day, following the invitation of H.E. Bernardino León, Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), Minister Asselborn gave a lecture entitled “Multilateralism as a necessity for durable peace and security” to students of the Diplomatic Academy. The exchange of views with EDA students that followed his speech focused on primarily on the Middle East peace Process and the EU’s role after Brexit.
A group of EDA students will travel to Luxembourg at the end of March 2020 in the framework of their annual study visit to the European capitals. This highlights the increased cooperation and the quality of the relations and partnership between the EDA and Luxembourg.
Finally, Minister Asselborn also visited the premises of the Luxembourg Embassy in Abu Dhabi where he met and exchanged with the entire Embassy Staff.