THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
This week, September 22 to 24, Luxembourg played host to one of the largest gatherings in history of American Ambassadors serving in Europe. The September Summit, known as the Chiefs of Missions Summit and Space Delegation, has been hosted by the US Embassy in Luxembourg.
The Summit was attended by US Ambassadors from across Europe (see full list at the end of this news article), as well as by high ranking Americans including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Department of State Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith J Krach, President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Kimberly Reed, and Director of the Office of Space Commerce at the US Department of Commerce, Kevin O’Connell.
The Ambassadors and Delegates took part in several events. On September 23, they Ambassadors visited the Luxembourg American Cemetery, administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission, to pay their respects to the American personnel honored at the site. They also visited the European Court of Justice, where they were hosted by European Court of Justice President Koen Lenaerts, and attended meetings at Bourglinster Castle with several leading Luxembourg politicians. The day started with a breakfast meeting with the Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel. Reflecting on the meeting, the US Ambassador to Luxembourg, J. Randolph Evans, said it was "It was a true honor to bring other US Ambassadors to Europe and leaders from across America together with him [Prime Minister Bettel] to discuss how to work cooperatively to further the joint interests of the United States, Luxembourg, and Europe." Mr Bettel said he was honored to host the attendants, saying "We are all currently facing exceptional circumstances and the fact that this delegation of US Ambassadors from all over Europe, and high-level officials from the US meet here in Luxembourg, is a testimony to the strong and deep historical relationship between our countries. Today, the ties between our countries are flourishing in many sectors including investment and job creation on both sides of the Atlantic, finance, and lately in space. And we are committed to continue exploring ways for Luxembourg and the US to expand and solidify these links."
For more details and news from the US Embassy in Luxembourg, go to lu.usembassy.gov/news-events