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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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  • 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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  • 29 May is International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

    29 May

    Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders pays tribute to the UN Peacekeepers for the important work they are doing in many conflict zones today.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns murder of Zedi Feruzi in Burundi

    24 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the murder of opposition figure Zedi Feruzi and his bodyguard. He also condemns the attack on the central market of Bujumbura that killed two and injured many people. He extends his condolences to the family and friends of the victims.

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  • Didier Reynders commemorates attack on Jewish Museum of Belgium

    24 May

    Today we commemorate the attack against the Jewish Museum of Belgium, which was perpetrated in Brussels on 24 May 2014, killing four people. The thoughts of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders are with the victims and their families.

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  • Belgium donates EUR 18.75 million to UNRWA

    22 May

    Belgium has announced a new contribution of EUR 18.75 million spanning 2015-2017 that will help UNRWA provide essential health, education, relief, social services and emergency relief assistance for Palestine refugees. The generous donation will help improve the lives of Palestine refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, and provide UNRWA a degree of sustainability in aid delivery.

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  • Guinea and Burkina Faso new partner countries of Belgian development cooperation

    21 May

    On the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, the Federal Council of Ministers today approved a new list of fourteen partner countries for Belgian Development Cooperation. The present list of partner countries had not changed since 2004. Two new partner countries make their entry: Burkina Faso and Guinea. Besides the new list of partner countries, the international partner organisations of the multilateral cooperation were also decided.

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  • Belgium closes Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

    20 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders closed the Belgian Presidency of the Council of Europe during the 125th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, on Tuesday 19 May at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. He officially passed the Presidency to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor Crnadak.

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