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Visit of the Minister of External Affairs of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj to Luxembourg

Published Friday October 12 2018





The Minister of External Affairs of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, visited Luxembourg on 19 and 20 June 2018, in the context of the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and India. Minister Swaraj had an audience with H.R.H. the Grand Duke at the Palace and held meetings with the Prime Minister, Mr. Xavier Bettel, and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Mr. Jean Asselborn.

The Prime Minister pointed out that over the past years, "Luxembourg has attracted a vibrant Indian community. Many Indians work in the financial services, IT, but also in other sectors of the service industry." He added that: "Luxembourg welcomes them warmly because they make a great contribution to our multicultural society."

Minister Asselborn's discussions with his Indian counterpart were the occasion to review the very strong bilateral relations between Luxembourg and India. While addressing in depth the diplomatic, economic and commercial ties that unite the two countries, the Ministers focused on new ways to strengthen the cooperation in sectors of common interest, including the steel sector, ICT, and financial services, including Green Bonds and Fintech.

The Ministers reviewed the relations between India and the European Union in light of the 14th India-EU Summit, which was held in New Delhi in October 2017. They highlighted the mutually beneficial advantages of this partnership based on the values of democracy, freedom, the rule of law and respect for human rights and the territorial integrity of States, particularly in the areas of security, multilateral cooperation, trade, investment and climate change.

The Ministers also highlighted the excellent cooperation between Luxembourg and India in various multilateral institutions, including the United Nations, and reaffirmed their common commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Ministers also discussed the situation in the Indo-Pacific region and India's relations with neighbouring countries, before addressing issues related to the fight against international terrorism and the latest developments in Myanmar.

During her two day stay in Luxembourg, the Minister of External Affairs of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, also attended a concert at the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM), given by the famous Indian violinist, Ambi Subramaniam, and met the Indian community of Luxembourg.