Joint statement on the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Luxembourg and Ireland
Press release20 December 2021
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Ireland are celebrating the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year. Relations were established 20 December 1961.
On this special day, the Government of Ireland very much welcomes the decision of the Government of Luxembourg to establish a resident Embassy in Dublin, which will open in 2022.
Ireland and Luxembourg already enjoy excellent bilateral relations and good cooperation in areas such as political, economic and cultural issues. Both of our Governments will continue to work to deepen these ties. The opening of a resident Embassy not only underlines the commitment of Luxembourg to further strengthening our links but also marks a point of departure which will give new impetus for a substantial development of our relationship.
Luxembourg and Ireland are also close partners in our European Union, to which we both share a deep commitment. In these challenging times, due to the ongoing health crisis, Luxembourg and Ireland have been able to count on our excellent bilateral relations and close cooperation within the EU, as we work together to tackle the common challenges that we face.
Our collaboration at the European level reflects the shared goals held by the citizens of both our countries. As committed members of the European project, Luxembourg and Ireland support the development of a stronger European Union, based on the common values that form its foundation. Our two countries will continue to work closely together towards this goal, as dynamic, open and reliable partners.
Our countries are equally committed to defending and promoting our shared values of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and effective multilateralism. Ireland’s membership of the UN Security Council for the period 2021-2022 and Luxembourg’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024 show that commitment in action.
We strongly believe that nations modest in size can achieve great things through active and collaborative engagement and cooperation. The opening by Luxembourg of its new resident Embassy in Dublin is an important step in continuing this work together. As we look towards the next 60 years of diplomatic relations, we have no doubt the quality and depth of our ties of friendship will only continue to grow.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, T.D., said:
“I am delighted by the decision of the Government of Luxembourg to establish a resident Embassy in Dublin. This is very welcome and will be of great significance in strengthening bilateral relations between our countries, which are already excellent. Our close relationship and friendship is based on our shared strong belief in the benefits of multi-lateral cooperation and our common EU values.
As we mark the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between our two countries this month, I look forward to continuing to develop the ties of friendship and cooperation between the people of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Ireland.”
Minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne, T.D., said:
“Luxembourg is a close partner for Ireland, bilaterally and within the EU. We enjoy a strong friendship and people to people links, not least the Irish people based in Luxembourg who work in this important EU centre.
I am very pleased that the Government of Luxembourg has decided to establish a resident Embassy in Dublin. I look forward to our continued work to deepen our bilateral relationship and the links between us.”
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, said:
“Driven by shared values and firmly anchored in our common membership of the European Union, relations between Luxembourg and Ireland are characterised by deep friendship. That is why I am particularly pleased about the forthcoming opening of a resident Luxembourg Embassy in Dublin and the opportunities it will offer in terms of cooperation and further strengthening the links between our citizens and our business communities.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations, let me also pay tribute to the vibrant Irish community in Luxembourg, many of whom work for our common European project, and salute the important contribution of this community to the economic, social and cultural life in Luxembourg.”