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  • Official visit of the Prime Minister of Vietnam

    13 Oct

    Prime Minister Charles Michel and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met today at the Egmont Palace with the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

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  • Minister Reynders on European and World Day against Death Penalty

    10 Oct

    On the occasion of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders underlines the Belgian commitment to the abolition of the death penalty. Together with the EU and other countries, Belgium remains committed to the fight against the death penalty. It is a long-term endeavour on several fronts.

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  • Belgians abroad

    07 Oct

    The number of Belgians living abroad reached the record of 406.288 (September 2014). This represents an increase of 37% in 10 years. Our border countries (and France ahead with 26,3%) are among the most popular destinations for our Belgian citizens. Work, but also relationships and lifestyles constitute the main reasons of these expatriations.

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  • Didier Reynders about the murder of Alan Henning in Iraq

    04 Oct

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is outraged, like the High Representative of the European Union, by the disgusting murder of British hostage Alan Henning by the terrorist and extremist organisation "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL). The Minister extends his condolences to the family and friends of this aid worker who has done so much for civilians in Syria and the region, just like his compatriot David Haines who suffered the same fate on 14 September.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns decision to approve construction of 2,610 homes in Givat HaMatos

    04 Oct

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, like the High Representative of the European Union Cathy Ashton, condemns the Israeli authorities' decision to approve the building plans of 2,610 homes in Givat HaMatos. This announcement represents a direct threat to the two-state solution and the vocation of Jerusalem to be the capital of both states. If this decision stood, doubt would be cast on Israel's commitment to a negotiated solution with the Palestinians.

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  • Didier Reynders meets with new UN Special Envoy Great Lakes Said Djinnit

    03 Oct

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met with the new Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes region of Africa, Mr Said Djinnit. The Minister assured the envoy of his full support and of the commitment of the Belgian diplomacy to contribute to a solution to the many challenges facing this region. A region that is very important for Belgium.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns destruction of Belgian project in West Bank and demands compensation

    02 Oct

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the destruction of a Belgian cooperation project in the Palestinian Territories. Israeli forces destroyed on 29 September part an electrical network financed by Belgium and implemented by the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC), in the village of Khirbet Al Taweel in the West Bank. The Minister summoned the Israeli Ambassador in Brussels today to ask for explanations. A demarche by the Belgian Ambassador will also take place in Tel Aviv after the Yom Kippur holiday.

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  • Congolese entrepreneur wins Prize for Corporate Governance

    30 Sep

    On June 21st 2014, the Congolese entrepreneur Philemon Kivuvu Musul, owner of CAMALCO ltd, was award the biannual Prize for Corporate Governance in DR Congo.

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  • Didier Reynders reaffirms Belgium's support to the International Committee of the Red Cross

    30 Sep

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer. They spoke about the multiple humanitarian crises in several regions of the world: Iraq & Syria, Central African Republic, Great Lakes and Gaza, as well as the Ebola epidemic.

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  • The Egmont Institute moves

    17 Sep

    The Egmont Institute recently moved to the buildings of the Belgian Foreign Affairs, located at 24 Rue des Petits Carmes. What is it about? It is an independent think tank where Belgian and foreign experts research on interdisciplinary issues. It offers analyses, as well as the most operationally possible international political options. The Egmont Institute is also well-known for its seminaries, lectures and publications on various subjects. This independent foundation is financed by the Belgian Foreign Affairs.

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