On 11th March 2021, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn spoke via videoconference to his counterpart from the Kingdom of Thailand, Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai.
The two heads of diplomacy expressed satisfaction at the strong bonds of friendship that have united their two nations for many years. The Ministers took stock of the bilateral relations between Luxembourg and Thailand and discussed prospects for their future development, including in the fields of green and sustainable finance and financial technology.
The Ministers reviewed the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and noted the importance of promoting multilateral cooperation to overcome this challenge affecting all of humanity.
The Ministers assessed the tragic situation in Myanmar after the military coup of February 1st, which Minister Asselborn condemned in the strongest terms. Jean Asselborn emphasized that this military coup is an unacceptable attempt to reverse by force the results of the last general election, which reflect the will of the Burmese people. The coup is an attempt to put an end to the democratic transition in the country and to the power sharing between the civilian government and the military, going against the wish of the Burmese population. Minister Don Pramudwinai informed his counterpart from Luxembourg about the current mediation efforts by ASEAN and its regional partners for a return to democracy, respect for human rights and good governance in Myanmar.
During the exchange, Minister Asselborn voiced his and the European Union's concern with regard to the increasing use of repression against young protesters in Thailand, who find themselves subjected to provisional detention for having used their right to freedom of expression.
Press release by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs