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Luxembourg PM stuns EU-Arab summit into ‘icy silence’ after LGBT comments

02/28/2019 | Euronews

As state leaders addressed the EU-Arab League summit in Egypt earlier this week, it was comments made by the Luxembourg prime minister about his sexuality that drew attention. Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s first openly-gay prime minister, reminded the summit that his same-sex marriage would class him a criminal in some of the countries that his audience members were representing. He highlighted that such a crime in these countries could be punishable by death. Recounting the moment on Twitter, German journalist Stefan Leifert said the prime minister’s comments were met with an “icy silence” from some members of the audience, while others revelled in a “quiet joy.”


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