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The U.S. Ambassador to France opened his home to members of the aerospace industry the first night of the Paris Air Show. Ambassador Charles Rivkin, the youngest ambassador in nearly 60 years to serve as the U.S.’s senior representative in France, welcomed one of the most impressive groups of aerospace industry experts ever gathered in the same place.
The reception, a recurring highlight at the Paris Air Show, included over 1,600 members of the aerospace industry, government delegations and military officials.
Ambassador Rivkin congratulated U.S. exhibitors at the show, saying, “The level of technology on display, as I said this morning at the inauguration of the U.S. Pavilion, is a testimony to American ingenuity and innovation. I speak in the name of the entire Embassy, when I say we are proud to support your companies in their efforts to connect with existing industry partners and foster new business relationships.”
Ambassador Rivkin thanked AIA for organizing the event, noting, “AIA helps uphold the standard of excellence throughout the U.S. aerospace and defense industry. Its members, who embody every high-technology manufacturing segment of this industry, are at the forefront of innovation, delivering new technologies that set the bar for all others.”