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  • Didier Reynders condemns the criminal act against the Anderlecht synagogue

    16 Sep

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the criminal act which targeted the Anderlecht synagogue at dawn today. The prosecution shall identify the perpetrators and determine the motives. In any case, Belgium will not tolerate anti-Semitism in its midst. The Belgian authorities will fight with civil society the causes and manifestations of anti-Semitism. The reality and vividness of anti-Semitism today should be acknowledged.

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  • Didier Reynders about the murder of David Haines and the Paris conference on Iraq

    14 Sep

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is, like High Representative Catherine Ashton, outraged by the terrible murder of British hostage David Haines by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 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.

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  • Didier Reynders calls on Russia to release Estonian police officer

    13 Sep

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, just as High Representative Catherine Ashton, is concerned about the abducation of an Estonian police officer by Russian security forces on Estonian territory. Such action runs against international law and the principle of inviolability of borders. Didier Reynders calls on the Russian authorities to release Eston Kohver immediately.

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  • Didier Reynders wishes European Commission new team success

    12 Sep

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker for the announcement on 10 September of the portfolios of the next European Commission. The new team will appear in hearings before the European Parliament in the coming weeks.

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  • Didier Reynders outraged by barbaric acts perpetrated by ISIS in Iraq

    03 Sep

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders is outraged by reports from Iraq about the terrible killings of civilians and execution of journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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  • Didier Reynders condemns land appropriation around Bethlehem

    03 Sep

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, just as High Representative Catherine Ashton, condemns the appropriation of 400 acres of land around Bethlehem announced by the Israeli government.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini

    31 Aug

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders warmly congratulates Donald Tusk on his election as President of the European Council and Federica Mogherini on her appointment as High Representative of the EU's Foreign and Security Policy. The Minister wishes them every success in their duties for the benefit of Member States and all European citizens. Didier Reynders assures the High Representative that she can count on the staunch support of the Belgian diplomacy in her leadership of the European External Action Service.

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  • Basic Generic Training - BGT - Call for applications

    28 Aug

    The EU has several tools at its disposal for the implementation of its Foreign Policy (known as the Common Foreign and Security Policy or PESC). 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. At present, 11 (1) civilian EU-missions are ongoing in which approximately 50 Belgian experts are deployed.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates Ukraine on 23rd anniversary of its independence

    25 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates Ukraine on the 23rd anniversary of its independence. The minister considers a free, democratic and independent Ukraine essential for the stability of the Euro-Atlantic area. Belgium supports the efforts of the international community, and particularly those of the European Union. Minister Reynders hopes that the meeting in Minsk this week will be a first step towards constructive dialogue that will put an end to the uncontrollable escalation of violence and the suffering of the population.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about situation in northern Iraq

    08 Aug

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is still deeply worried about the situation in northern Iraq. Indeed, the fate of the civilian population concerns us all. A greater involvement of the international community is therefore essential, both from a humanitarian and a security point of view. The Minister therefore supports all initiatives to protect civilians, especially from the UN Security Council or the UN Human Rights Council.

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