President Pahor: Luxembourg evokes fond memories for Slovenia
Luxembourg, 15. 11. 2021 | press release
The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is paying an official visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Today, President Pahor met with the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, H. R. H. Henri of Luxembourg, the President of the Chamber of Deputies Fernand Etgen and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn.
Prior to the meeting with the Grand Duke, the Slovenian president met with the President of the Chamber of Deputies Fernand Etgen and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn. They confirmed the excellent relations between countries, free of outstanding issues. They share similar views on the EU's fundamental values, including the rule of law and freedom of the press. President Pahor said that Luxembourg has been an important friend and ally of Slovenia since its independence. The two countries share similar views on key EU issues, global challenges and international crisis resolution.
The purpose of President Pahor's visit is to deepen the political dialogue and cooperation between Slovenia and Luxembourg in bilateral, European and multilateral relations. The last high-level visit between the two countries took place in 2001, when H. R. H. Henri of Luxembourg paid an official visit to Slovenia during the first year in his capacity as the Grand Duke. During his meeting with the Grand Duke, President Pahor recalled the official visit of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to Slovenia 20 years ago, where he received them in his then capacity as Speaker of the Slovenian Parliament.
This year’s visit coincides with the year Slovenia celebrates the 30th anniversary of its independence. Furthermore, it can be considered as a token of appreciation, as Luxembourg has always supported Slovenia in its EU endeavours. It is where Slovenia applied for its EU membership and where, in December of 1997, it received the mandate to begin accession negotiations.
At today's special ceremony at the Grand Ducal Palace, President Pahor was named the co-chair of the Honorary Board of the World Diplomatic Academy, which is part of the Crans Montana Forum and has a 35-year history of working for peace and cooperation, conflict prevention and sustainable development. President Pahor will co-chair the Honorary Board with Prince Jean de Nassau of Luxembourg, brother of H. R. H. Henri of Luxembourg. Today’s ceremony was also attended by the Crans Montana Forum's founder and chairman, Jean-Paul Carteron.
As part of his working visit in Luxembourg, President Pahor met with the Prime Minister Xavierjem Bettelom yesterday to discuss the European Union and the key challenges it faces, in particular the efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and social impact, as well as the future of the European Union, its enlargement and relations with its neighbours.
Yesterday afternoon, President Pahor met with the former president of the European Commission, long-serving prime minister of Luxembourg and friend, Jean-Claud Juncker. The two officials exchanged views on Europe's most pressing issues. President Pahor invited Mr Juncker, a legend of European politics, to Slovenia for a discussion on Europe's future, which Mr Juncker accepted gladly.