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Visit of the Luxembourg Minister of Foreign and European Affairs to India

Published Wednesday May 04 2022

To further strengthen the bilateral relations between Luxembourg and India, the Luxembourg Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn, embarked on his 5th visit to India, from 26 -27 April 2022. During his visit, the Minister participated in the Raisina Dialogue held in New Delhi, organised by the thinktank, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)  and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. The Luxembourg Foreign Minister during his visit met the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and also held a bilateral meeting with the Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar among other engagements.

Day-1, 26 April 2022

The Luxembourg Foreign Minister’s engagements in India kicked off by a meeting with Mr. Jesal Doshi, the Deputy CEO of Luxembourg based leader in vaccine cold chain, B Medical Systems , which recently opened its first manufacturing facility outside Luxembourg in India, in Mundra, Gujarat.

During the ‘’Townhall Session’’ of the Raisina Dialogue where the Indian Foreign Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar was in conversation with the President of ORF, Mr. Samir Saran, the Luxembourg Foreign Minister, Mr. Asselborn, participated and raised a question to Dr. Jaishankar concerning the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

After the ‘’Townhall Session’’, Mr. Jean Asselborn held a bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart, Dr. S Jaishankar, where they discussed the growing bilateral cooperation between Luxembourg and India in different sectors such as Finance and Health, the current Ukraine situation and other regional issues including the situation in Myanmar and Afghanistan.

Soon after the meeting with Dr. Jaishankar, Mr. Asselborn participated in the panel discussion at Raisina Dialogue on the theme “The Brussels Effect: Compass for a Strategic Europe”. Mr. Asselborn discussed the EU’s geopolitical role in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine and said during the panel discussion “The EU was built on the power of language, not the language of power. Strong sanctions are one of the EU’s main instruments to try to get the Kremlin to stop this war”. The other co-panelists in the panel discussion included the Foreign Ministers of Poland, Croatia, Lithuania and was moderated by Mr. Ali Aslan, International TV presenter and Journalist from Germany.

Post his participation in the panel discussion at the Raisina Dialogue, Mr. Asselborn had the honor of meeting the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi at his residence in the presence of the External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar. Mr. Asselborn discussed with the Prime Minister, the Luxembourg-India bilateral relations which are strong and growing fast as it approaches the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2023.

Day -2, 27 April 2022

On the second day of his India visit, the Luxembourg Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Mr. Jean Asselborn had interactions with the Indian media including The Economic Times , DD India and The Hindu discussing the various aspects of Luxembourg-India bilateral, economic relations as well as the focus areas of Luxembourg economy including Sustainable Finance, Startups and Space as well as the current situation in Ukraine.  

In the last leg of the visit, the Minister Asselborn attended the 20th anniversary celebrations of the opening of Luxembourg embassy in New Delhi hosted by the Luxembourg Ambassador to India, H.E. Mrs. Peggy Frantzen at the Amar Nath Sehgal Museum in New Delhi. The celebrations were attended by esteemed dignitaries from different walks of life including Diplomatic Corps, Bureaucracy, Business, Art among others.