Babacan to host Luxembourg’s deputy prime minister

Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs and immigration, is scheduled to arrive in Turkey today for a two-day working visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister Ali Babacan

“During the meetings, our country’s EU membership negotiations and regional and international affairs will be discussed in addition to bilateral political, economical and cultural relations,” between Luxembourg and Turkey, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a brief statement released yesterday announcing the visit. Asselborn was appointed to his current post back July 2004, following parliamentary elections the previous month. In the spring of 2005 he visited Ankara for EU Troika-Turkey meetings as his country was then held the rotating term presidency of the EU. The current president, Abdullah Gül, was then foreign minister. The visit came on the heels of demonstrations marking International Women’s Day on March 8, 2005, when police used force and tear gas against demonstrators.