Feb 17

EDA Hosts Foreign Minister of Luxembourg for Insightful Discussion on Peace and Security

Feb 17, 2020

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) hosted yesterday – Wednesday, 5 February – His Excellency Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, for a discussion on multilateralism as a necessity for durable peace and security.


The relevant and insightful discussion drew an audience of aspiring student diplomats, who aim to one day represent their nation on the international stage, as well as Her Excellency Elisabeth Cardoso, Ambassador of Luxembourg to the UAE.


His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “We are proud to welcome the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg at our Academy. Drawing from his long and illustrious career as a diplomat, His Excellency shared key insights with our dynamic students. He offered them glimpses of the global political landscape and highlighted how nations can work together to enhance peace and security.”


“If there is a facilitator, a diplomat and a politician that has always tried to promote agreements and solutions, it has been Jean Asselborn,” he added.


Addressing the audience at EDA, His Excellency Asselborn said: “Today, there are those who pretend that multilateralism is a thing of the past, and who try to push an increasingly isolationist or nationalistic agenda. Effective multilateralism is a pure necessity, in order to guarantee durable peace and security in the world.”


Commenting on the UAE’s immense efforts in strengthening diplomatic engagement for dialogue and multilateralism, he said: “Apart from having an excellent Diplomatic Academy at home, the UAE has diplomatic representation in 96 countries and on all five continents. This is quite impressive, and it speaks to the strong diplomatic engagement of the Emirates for dialogue and multilateralism.”


“For small countries like us, it is all the more important to have a robust diplomatic network, to be present in the forums where decisions are being taken, and to make our voices heard. As small states, we have the advantage that we can act as “honest brokers” in multilateral negotiations,” he added.


He explained that: “In today’s world, we are much more connected, but we do not necessarily understand each other better. Similarly, we have access to more and more information, but it becomes increasingly difficult to make sense of it all. It’s not easy to understand the challenges of the present, and even more difficult to be prepared for those of the future.”


“This is exactly what the Emirates Diplomatic Academy is trying to do. To paraphrase the 19th century French statesman and philosopher Jules Simon: “The country that has the best academy in the world also has the best diplomats in the world. If not today, then tomorrow”.


“I am especially proud of the increasing cooperation between the Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Luxembourg’s young diplomats,” he concluded.


His Excellency Asselborn also serves as Luxembourg’s Minister of Immigration and Asylum. Since July 2004, he represents the Government of Luxembourg in the Council configurations, Foreign Affairs and General Affairs of the Council of the European Union. He also holds the distinction of being the longest-serving minister among the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union.


His honorary distinctions include the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as being appointed Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic.