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  • Didier Reynders welcomes implementation of nuclear agreement with Iran

    17 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement, yesterday evening, that the nuclear agreement with Iran reached ‘Implementation day’.

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  • Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo condemn terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou

    16 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo condemn the terrorist attacks that took place yesterday evening and today in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). The Ministers offer their condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the people and the government of Burkina Faso.

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  • Drinking water for 200 000 inhabitants of Dar es Salaam

    11 Jan

    Early December 2015 the BTC Project ‘Maji Yetu’ (Swahili for ‘Our Water’) was completed in Tanzania. The project provides access to clean drinking water for 200 000 inhabitants in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. In total over 15 water systems were installed in different locations, pilot sanitation facilities were built and the system for water drainage was improved in the ward of Tandale.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about reports of a new nuclear test by North Korea

    06 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about reports of a new nuclear test by North Korea on January 6, 2016. If confirmed, this action would represent a serious violation of the relevant UN security Council resolutions and would demonstrate that North Korea continues to develop its nuclear program and continues to threaten peace and security in the region.

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  • EYD2015: Member states have their say

    28 Dec

    Results? Lessons learned? Exceptional moments? Challenges for the future? Throughout the year, the European Year For Development highlighted the importance of development cooperation by organizing activities all over Europe. But how did that impact the different member states? And how do they look back at this very extraordinary initiative? Take a look at the video in which the national EYD2015 ambassadors give us their opinion.

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  • Didier Reynders takes note of Rwanda referendum

    20 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders takes note of the referendum that was held on Friday in Rwanda on a constitutional revision. While any country has the right to amend its Constitution in accordance with the rules laid down for this purpose, the Minister observes that the organization of this referendum in an extremely short time for such an important subject, as well as the absence of a genuinely free and open debate, may weaken the process.

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  • Basic Generic Training - BGT - Call for applications

    17 Dec

    The EU has several tools at its disposal for the implementation of its Foreign Policy. The Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) is one of these tools. Since 2003 the EU conducts in the CSDP-framework, several civilian crisis management missions in various unstable crisis area’s worldwide. The BGT training on Civilian Crisis Management (CCM) is a two-week course offering a general introduction and preparation for possible employment in a CCM mission of the EU, UN, OSCE. It is a pre-requisite for any civilian expert being seconded to a field mission. This integrated training is organized twice a year jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Egmont Institute, with the support of the Belgian Federal Police and the Ministry of Justice and is in line with EU training standards. The next training will take place from 14 to 25 March 2016 in Brussels.

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  • Belgium contributes EUR 1.5 million to Palestine refugees in Syria

    14 Dec

    Belgium has made a contribution of 1.5 million euro to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s efforts to respond to the emergency needs of Palestine refugees in Syria through the provision of cash assistance to conflict-affected households.

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  • Didier Reynders calls for dialogue and an end to the violence in Burundi

    13 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is extremely worried by the violence in Burundi the last few days. He condemns firmly any violence by the perpetrators as well as by the security forces in their disproportionate reaction, which according to consistent information have led to many arbitrary executions. The Minister recalls responsibility of everybody involved in these crimes and calls for an immediate independent investigation. He invites the authorities to collaborate with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the observers of the African Union.

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  • Didier Reynders meets with his Burundian counterpart Alain Nyamitwe

    11 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met yesterday with his Burundian counterpart Alain Nyamitwe. He expressed strong concern about the political and security situation in Burundi and called for calm. Minister Reynders stressed the importance of a de-escalation in the statements towards Belgium.

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