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  • Didier Reynders welcomes outcome of meeting between the Prime Ministers of Serbia and Kosovo

    27 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the outcome of the meeting in Brussels on August 25, facilitated by the EU, between the Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić and the Prime Minister of Kosovo Isa Mustafa, and congratulates both Prime Ministers on this result.

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  • Didier Vanderhasselt becomes the new spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, José de Pierpont deputy spokesperson

    26 Aug

    Didier Vanderhasselt is the new spokesperson of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. He is the successor of Hendrik Van de Velde, who now represents our country as ambassador in Amman (Jordan).

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes release of six political prisoners in Belarus

    24 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the release of six political prisoners, including former presidential candidate Mykalai Statkevich, in Belarus. He hopes that this promising evolution will continue and will lead to a substantial improvement in the relations between the European Union and Belarus.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns bomb attack in Bangkok

    18 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the bomb attack in a busy area in Bangkok

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  • Didier Reynders expresses condolences after disaster in China’s port city of Tianjin

    13 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is saddened by the disaster, last night, in China’s port city of Tianjin. Less than two months ago, the excellent bilateral relations between China and Belgium were underlined during a Belgian state visit to China. The Minister expresses his sincere condolences to the authorities and the people of China. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

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  • Press release from the team of International Envoys to the Great Lakes region of Africa on the situation in Burundi

    12 Aug

    The team of international special envoys, including the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit, African Union Special Envoy Ibrahima Fall, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello, European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes Region Koen Vervaeke, and Belgian Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes Region Frank De Coninck ‎call for an immediate end to violence, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the resumption of an inclusive political dialogue.

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  • 17 Sustainable Development Goals are set and welcomed

    07 Aug

    The 193 Member States of the United Nations reached consensus on seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), inclusive of 168 targets. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised the success of Member States in approving what he called, “a bold, ambitious and transformative sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years.”

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  • Didier Reynders about the situation in Burundi

    04 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses his deep concern about the escalation of violence in Burundi. On Sunday, Belgium immediately condemned the attack that claimed the life of General Adolphe Nshimirimana and had direct contact with the Burundian authorities to appeal for calm and restraint.

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  • Didier Reynders on settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem

    30 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about the recent decisions of the Israeli authorities to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. As highlighted by the spokesperson of EU High Representative, these decisions raise questions about the commitment of the Israeli government to negotiate a peace agreement with the Palestinians based on the two-state solution. These decisions risk jeopardising further the chances of actually implementing such a peace agreement.

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  • Toilets to avoid snakes

    29 Jul

    With the support of the Belgian Development Cooperation the Women's Union of Ninh Thuan (a coastal province in Central/South Vietnam) concentrates on sanitary facilities. Thanks to micro-credits and the creation of a ‘health fund’, the lives of many families have improved. More than one thousand families appealed to fifteen teams that had studied their needs, supplied them with the necessary information and provided funds to build toilets.

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