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Luxembourg's Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Defence, Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade has reported that the traditional diplomatic conference took place in the Grand Duchy earlier this week.

At the invitation of Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Xavier Bettel, the heads of Luxembourg diplomatic missions met in the Grand Duchy from Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 May 2024 for this conference.

In his opening speech, Minister Bettel focused on major current European and international issues as well as issues related to foreign trade, cooperation policy, the European Union and cross-border cooperation, noted the ministry.

The heads of diplomatic missions also had discussions with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Luc Frieden, the Minister of Defence, Yuriko Backes, and members of the Chamber of Deputies (MPs). As part of the discussions on economic diplomacy, the participants had exchanges at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, in the presence of the Minister of the Economy, SMEs, Energy and Tourism, Lex Delles, and the President of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, Fernand Ernster. The heads of Luxembourg diplomatic missions were also received by the Grand Duke of Luxembourg at the Grand Ducal Palace.

The ministry noted that currently 51.5% of all officers working for the department are female and 48.5% are male. The Luxembourg diplomatic corps today counts 171 diplomats, 40% of whom are women. Regarding the network of diplomatic and consular missions of the Grand Duchy, Luxembourg currently has 44 bilateral embassies, thirteen permanent representations to international organisations, six consulates general and nine Luxembourg Trade and Invest Offices (LTIOs).