Asselborn awarded French Legion of Honour title
(CS) Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn was awarded the title of Commander of the French Legion of Honour by President François Hollande at a ceremony on Thursday.
At the Elysée Palace, Hollande recalled his long friendship with Asselborn, whom he has known personally for over 15 years, at the ceremony, as well as praising the good bilateral relationship between Luxembourg and France.
Saying that Asselborn is “profoundly European”, Hollande said that Luxembourg has played an important role as facilitator and mediator in big European debates. “Jean Asselborn is the dean of European foreign ministers,” Hollande said, adding that the Luxembourg minister has always “upheld the interests of Europe.”
But the Grand Duchy is not only an important player on the European scene, with the French president saying that Luxembourg is a “valuable element” for the UN Security Council, where the country currently holds a temporary membership.
Hollande expressed his thanks for Luxembourg's support in the recent French intervention in Mali, and praised the Grand Duchy's efforts to find a peaceful solution in the Syrian crisis.
Together with Australia, Luxembourg recently drafted a statement by the council calling for better access for aid workers in the conflict stricken country.
Closing his speech, Hollande said that Asselborn is a “statesman of Luxembourg, who excellently serves Luxembourg's interests, having heart to always promote the European idea and who is a valuable actor on the international scene.”
Asselborn received the prize surrounded by family and friends, saying that the is incredibly honoured by the prestigious decoration, reiterating his interest in promoting peace and human rights.