|Luxembourg PM attends PH Independence Day Celebrations|
PRIME MINISTER OF LUXEMBOURG ATTENDS PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
The diplomatic reception in celebration of Philippine Independence Day was held on 03 June 2013 at the Grand Salle of the Cercle Cité in Luxembourg. Mr. Alain Kinsch, honorary Consul General in Luxembourg, hosted the event with the support of the Philippine Embassy in Brussels.
H.E. Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Hon. Pierre Gramegna, the Finance Minister of Luxembourg, Members of the Luxembourg Parliament, Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, business sector representatives, as well as members of the Filipino community in Luxembourg attended the event.
During his welcome remarks, Mr Kinsch lauded the impressive growth of the Philippine economy and encouraged Luxembourg businesses to explore trade and investment opportunities in the country.
In her keynote address, H.E. Ambassador Victoria S. Bataclan stressed that these impressive growth rates can be attributed to the Aquino Administration's "good governance equals good economics" philosophy. Speaking about the relationship of independence, democracy and sovereignty, the Ambassador emphasized that all territorial disputes must be resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law.
She also conveyed the heartfelt thanks of the Filipino people for Luxembourg's aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
At the reception, Prime Minister Bettel and Ambassador Bataclan had a brief pull-aside meeting, where the Prime Minister fondly recalled his previous visit to the Philippines when he was Mayor of Luxembourg. Prime Minister Bettel also committed to work to further strengthen Philippines-Luxembourg relations.
Ambassador Bataclan was accompanied by Minister and Consul General Robespierre Bolivar and his wife Maria Aurora, Third Secretary and Vice Consul Ralph Vincent Abarquez, and senior Embassy staff.The Philippine Embassy in Brussels exercises jurisdiction over the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.