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Working visit of the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Mr Xavier Bettel, to Astana, 9-10 June, 2017

Published Sunday June 11 2017


The Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mr Xavier Bettel, accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Mr Etienne Schneider, paid a working visit to Astana, Kazakhstan on 9-10 June 2017.

Mr Bettel and Mr Schneider took part in the official opening ceremony of ASTANA EXPO-2017. On the very first day of the EXPO both visited the Luxembourg Pavilion with their official delegation and a business delegation of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. On 11 June Luxembourg was the first country to host its National Day on the EXPO-site. The festive ceremony featured a musical performance by Luxembourgish cellist André Mergenthaler.

Prime Minister Bettel met with the President of the Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in the margins of the EXPO’s opening ceremony and had a working meeting with Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintaev. Deputy Prime Minister Étienne Schneider had meetings with the Minister of Finances Mr Bakhyt Sultanov and also with the Minister of Defense and Space Industry Mr Beibut Atamkulov. Mr Schneider also visited the Gharysh Sapary Space Center next to Astana.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Bettel and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy Mr Etienne Schneider assisted at the opening ceremony of the Honorary consulate of Luxembourg in Astana, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Kairat Abdrakhmanov and Luxembourg’s Honorary Consul, Mr Aldiyar Kaztayev.

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