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  • Joint visit of Deputy Prime Ministers Reynders and De Croo to Rwanda

    08 Jan

    On Thursday 8 January in Kigali, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo agreed with the Rwandan authorities to establish a permanent political dialogue to strengthen bilateral relations and to build a mature and stable friendship. Such a permanent dialogue will make better consultations possible on issues such as the political space, the role of civil society, freedom of expression and pluralism.

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  • Basic Generic Training - BGT - Call for applications

    08 Jan

    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 23 March to 3 April 2015 in Brussels.

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  • Joint visit to Burundi of Deputy Prime Ministers Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo

    08 Jan

    In Bujumbura on Wednesday 7 January, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo jointly met with President Nkurunziza and Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation Kavakure, as well as with representatives of civil society and the business community. They also had separate meetings and visits: Didier Reynders met with the Independent National Electoral Commission, political parties and an association of journalists, Alexander De Croo had a meeting with the ministers responsible for priority sectors (health, education, agriculture) and visited projects of the Belgian development cooperation.

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  • Didier Reynders is shocked by the attack against Charlie Hebdo

    07 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is deeply shocked by the barbaric terrorist attack which took place in Paris at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, where at least twelve persons lost their lives. He expresses his sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims, to the French people and to the Government.

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  • International Envoys for the Great Lakes Region call for decisive actions against the FDLR

    03 Jan

    2 January 2015 marks the expiration of the six month grace period granted by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the full and unconditional surrender and demobilization of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

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  • Didier Reynders expresses condolences to Indonesian counterpart after Air Asia plane accident

    01 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned with deep sorrow the confirmation of the loss of an Air Asia jet off the coast of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The Minister expresses his deepest condolences to the Indonesian authorities and to the families of the more than 150 Indonesian victims and victims from other countries.

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  • Didier Reynders continues to strive for the abolition of the death penalty

    23 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders deplores the decisions of both the Jordanian and the Pakistani governments to lift the moratorium that they had introduced respectively in 2006 and 2008 on the implementation of the death penalty.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the successful elections in Tunisia

    23 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the successful electoral process in Tunisia during the last three months. Together with the High Representative of the EU, he presents his congratulations to Mr. Beji Saïd Essebsi on his election to the Presidency of the Republic.

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  • Didier Reynders participates in launch of an “Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel”

    22 Dec

    At the occasion of the publication of an “Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel”, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign affairs Didier Reynders participated on 19 December in a panel where he stressed the importance of the stabilisation of the Sahara-Sahel region and the involvement of international and regional partners in this process. Other speakers included Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General of DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission, Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, UN Special Envoy for the Sahel and Michel Reveyrand de Menthon, Special Representative of the European Union for the Sahel.

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  • Didier Reynders restructures the network of Belgian diplomatic missions

    19 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders made a list of several Belgian diplomatic and consular missions abroad, mainly in Europe, intended for closure and reorganisation. This was announced to the relevant authorities.

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