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Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn visits London
On 5 December 2016, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, Mr Jean Asselborn, paid a working visit to London following an invitation from his British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
During his visit Minister Asselborn also met with Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the FCO as well as with Mr David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, and Mr David Jones, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the EU.
Discussions focused on bilateral economic and political relations. Minister Asselborn recalled that “the United Kingdom is an important partner with whom we have established close and long-lasting business relations,” explaining that “our relationship is characterised by a high degree of complementarity in various economic sectors,” such as ICT, Science and Research, Cybersecurity, and Composite materials.
Minister Asselborn stated that he hopes that this mutually-beneficial cooperation continues in the long run and that other areas of collaboration would be explored, while also stating his regret at seeing the United Kingdom leave the European Union.
The ministers also talked about the political and economic situation in the UK, especially following the referendum of 23 June 2016. Minister Asselborn recalled that “negotiations, be they formal or informal, cannot commence until Article 50 has been invoked.” At this stage, it would be up to the UK to make a decision, because until the UK formally leaves the EU, EU law – with all the rights and obligations that it confers on its member states – will continue to apply to the UK.
The exchange of views between the ministers also allowed them to examine in depth the most pressing issues of European and international current affairs, with a special focus on the situation in Turkey, and relations between the EU and Russia. They also discussed in detail the situation in the Middle East, in particular the latest developments in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Mr Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and Mr Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Secretary
Mr Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Europe and the Amercias at the FCO