(L-R): PM Lux Frieden; Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky; Credit: Ukraine Government

On Tuesday 16 January 2024, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Luc Frieden attended the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The theme chosen for this edition of the Forum is "Restoring trust", with the objective of enabling the creation of bridges between the different actors in the public and private sector. The themes discussed during the Forum were the fight against global warming, the reduction of inequalities, technology and innovation.

On the sidelines of the Forum, the Prime Minister had a bilateral meeting with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

The discussions focused on Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, the current situation and the vision for the future. It was stressed that it is essential to defend and preserve the principles of the UN Charter and to face the humanitarian and economic consequences linked to the conflict.

Prime Minister Frieden took the opportunity to praise the courage of the Ukrainian President as the second anniversary of the war approached, and was able to reiterate the absolute solidarity of the new Luxembourg government in favour of Ukraine on political, humanitarian, military and economic aspects.

Prime Minister Frieden also had the opportunity to speak with the heads of state and government of Switzerland, Singapore, Jordan and Liechtenstein.

PM Frieden had a meeting with the President of the Swiss Confederation, Viola Amherd, with whom he was able to discuss the intensification of relations between Switzerland, Luxembourg and the European Union. He was also able to meet his Jordanian counterpart, Prime Minister Bisher Hani Al Khasawneh, to discuss the situation in the Middle East. During the afternoon, the Prime Minister was able to speak with the head of government of Liechtenstein, Daniel Risch. This interview highlighted the friendly relations between the two countries. Finally, with the President of Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratanam, PM Frieden was able to discuss common challenges and economic opportunities, as well as innovation.