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Deputy Prime Minister Jean Asselborn at the Executive Council of the African Union

Published Thursday July 12 2012

With a view to further strengthening Luxembourg’s partnership with Africa, and in particular with the African Union, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn attended the 21st ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union, which was held in Addis Ababa on 12 July 2012, ahead of the 19th African Union summit to be held on 15 and 16 July 2012.

In his statement before the Executive Council of the AU, Minister Asselborn officially presented the satellite telecommunication platform « emergency.lu » and announced Luxembourg’s intention to put this platform at the disposal of the African Union.

« Emergency.lu » has been conceived and developed as a public-private partnership and is based on Luxembourg’s know-how and expertise. « Emergency.lu » is a global public good that Luxembourg is putting at the disposal of the international community. Minister Asselborn informed that the platform has already been deployed in January 2012 to South Sudan and that a deployment to Mali is currently under way. He underlined that « emergency.lu » illustrates the fact that Luxembourg is willing to shoulder its responsibility at the international level and is doing its best to be a credible, trustworthy and constructive partner on which Africa can count.

In the margins of the session of the Executive Council, Luxembourg’s foreign policy chief met with a number of his African colleagues in order to deepen bilateral relations at the political level.

During a working meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Haile-Mariam Desalegn, both Ministers welcomed the excellent quality of the bilateral relations. The discussion focused on the situation in the Horn of Africa (Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia) and on other topics of common interest.

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