The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, paid a working visit to Ireland on 13 and 14 September 2022.
In Dublin, Minister Asselborn had meetings with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, as well as with the Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne. The two working meetings provided an opportunity to exchange views on bilateral relations as well as on the main current European and international issues, such as the war in Ukraine, EU enlargement, the energy crisis and the rule of law.
The discussions reconfirmed the broad convergence of views between Luxembourg and Ireland on a number of European and international issues, including the importance of multilateralism, respect for the rule of law within the EU, the implementation of the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe, and the Middle East Peace Process. Issues related to Brexit and the protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland were also discussed.
The visit to Dublin was also an opportunity for Minister Asselborn to mark the establishment of an Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Dublin during a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Dublin, Caroline Conroy. Indeed, Ireland has long been a reliable European partner that shares common values with Luxembourg in terms of the rule of law, human rights, European integration and multilateralism. Similarly, Luxembourg and Ireland have strong bilateral relations. The opening of a resident embassy in Dublin will thus contribute to strengthening the ties between the two countries and their respective populations, by exploring opportunities for cooperation in the economic, commercial, financial, academic and cultural fields.
Finally, Minister Asselborn took the opportunity to visit the port of Dublin and to learn more about the activities of CLdN, a Luxembourg company active in the field of maritime transport and logistics.
Press release by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs