First Luxembourg Ambassador accredited to the African Union
Ambassador Jean-Marc Hoscheit presented his credentials as Permanent Representative of Luxembourg in an observer function today to H.E. Mr. Jean Ping, President of the African Union Commission. It is the first time that a Luxembourg Ambassador is accredited to this important continental organization whose seat is in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
On this occasion, Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn, made the following declaration: "This accreditation is a major step in the relationship between Luxembourg and the African Union and its Member States. It bears witness to Luxembourg's intention to develop and intensify its political and diplomatic relations with Africa on the basis of a traditional and solidly founded partnership for development. This significant development is also part and parcel of a strengthening Euro-African dynamic."
The Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs will attend the proceedings of the 14th Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa from 29-31 January 2010 as an Invited Guest. On this occasion, he will reaffirm the strong political commitment of Luxembourg to Africa and lay the foundations of an intensified cooperation between the African Union and Luxembourg, notably in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT), the development of which on the African continent is the focus of the upcoming African Union Summit.