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  • Didier Reynders concerned about the elections in Burundi

    29 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is deeply concerned about the organization of parliamentary and local elections in Burundi, today 29th of June. The principles of inclusiveness, transparency and credibility are not respected.

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  • Terrorist attacks in France, Tunesia and Kuwait

    26 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the terrorist attacks, today, in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. He condemns these barbaric and cowardly acts that took the lives of tens of persons.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes signature of peace agreement in Mali by the CMA

    24 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the signature of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali by the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), during the ceremony organised in Bamako on 20 June, under the high protection of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Didier Reynders acknowledges the courage and the determination of all parties in Mali to invest in the process of national reconciliation and refoundation of the Malian state. Without this process, no sustainable socio-economic development is possible.

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  • A great gift for Amaretch

    22 Jun

    Amaretch (29) is a single Ethiopian mother of two, who lives with her parents. To cultivate her 0.75 acres of land, she stands alone. In her region, Tigray, women may own land, but they are not allowed to plough it. It must be done by a man who is then entitled to receive half the harvest. Such practice is not exactly beneficial for food security in a region where 30 to 40% of the households are female headed. Tigray lost many men under the Derg regime and during the war with Eritrea. Fortunately Amaretch was able to rely on the programme of Caritas and ADCS.

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  • International meeting of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies starts in Brussels

    22 Jun

    The meeting of the Heads of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies for the European region (HONLEA Europe) started this morning in the Egmont Palace in Brussels. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that Belgium is organizing this meeting. HONLEA is an organization of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This organization promotes international cooperation on drugs policies and the fight against organized crime. In this way, the United Nations acknowledges the Belgian expertise on the fight against drugs.

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  • Belgium & UK Launch Single Common Visa Scheme in China

    19 Jun

    This morning, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and State Secretary for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification Theo Francken announced that, from 1 July 2015, Belgium and the United Kingdom propose a new visa service to Chinese citizens wanting to travel to Belgium, the wider Schengen area and the United Kingdom during the same trip.

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  • Didier Reynders meets with UN officials on Burundi and DRC

    18 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders held talks today with Edmond Mulet, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Saïd Djinnit, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, and Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO.

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  • Emirati delegation visits Belgium to study diamond system

    12 Jun

    On Friday, June 12, a delegation from the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Economy led by Mr. Ali Fayel, the Director of Certificate of Origin Department, visited Belgium. This study visit at administrative level was requested by the U.A.E’s Ministry of Economy with the purpose of getting a better understanding of the Belgian diamond system. The visit was organized by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the focal point for the Kimberley Process in Belgium, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Economy, which is the designated authority for the implementation of the Kimberley Process, the Ministry of Finance, the Belgian Federal Police and the diamond sector.

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  • @yourservice | Expo of the Belgian Foreign Affairs

    12 Jun

    As every year, the Belgian Foreign Affairs organize an exhibition at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on the occasion of the National Day. @yourservice is the theme of this year!

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes a delegation of young artist of the International Festival “Colors of the World” in the Egmont Palace

    05 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign affairs Didier Reynders has met with 20 children participating in the International Festival of Language and Culture “Colors of the World”, which is hosted tomorrow, June 6, in the Forest National concert hall.

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