During the bilateral meeting, they discussed economic relations between Luxembourg and the United States, with a particular focus on the financial sector. Financial relations between the United States and Luxembourg have a history spanning over fifty years and remain very strong. Indeed, American banking institutions and asset managers play a leading role in Luxembourg’s financial sector, representing 20% of the assets managed in Luxembourg’s fund industry.

Yuriko Backes and Janet Yellen also discussed recent macroeconomic developments as well as the geopolitical challenges the world currently faces. They particularly reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the effectiveness of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union, in cooperation with their allies and partners, against Russia. Moreover, they highlighted the importance of preventing any attempts to circumvent these sanctions.

I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss furthering our strong cooperation with the government of Luxembourg,

Janet Yellen.

After their bilateral meeting and the Secretary of the Treasury’s meeting with the Eurogroup ministers, Minister Backes and Secretary Yellen jointly paid tribute to General Patton and the 5’074 American soldiers who fell during the Second World War, buried at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg in Hamm. Minister Backes and Secretary Yellen laid a wreath on the grave of Nancy Leo, the only woman resting in Hamm, thus paying tribute to this 2nd Lieutenant from Maryland who passed away on July 24, 1945, at the age of 23.

Minister Yuriko Backes stated: “It was a true pleasure and honor to welcome the US Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, here in Luxembourg, highlighting our deep ties. These exchanges represent a valuable opportunity to strengthen our collaboration in all areas. Our visit to the American cemetery testifies to our deep respect for the sacrifices made in the past for the sake of freedom. In the current geopolitical context, marked by significant challenges, our determination to maintain and build upon the close ties between our two nations for future generations is stronger than ever.”

Secretary Janet Yellen said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss furthering our strong cooperation with the government of Luxembourg. The American Cemetery in Luxembourg is deeply moving and is a vivid testament to the enduring bond between the United States and Luxembourg, as well as a poignant reminder of the importance of the democratic values we share with Europe.”


Released by the Ministry of Finance