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  • Speech of Minister Reynders: evaluation of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

    20 May

    Speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders: evaluation of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (Brussels, 19 May 2015).

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  • Didier Reynders signs double taxation treaty with Russia

    19 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders signed on 19 May a bilateral double taxation treaty with the Russian Deputy Minister of Finance Sergey Shatalov, in the presence of Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov. The signature took place in the margins of the annual session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

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  • Didier Reynders supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

    17 May

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders stresses the importance Belgium attaches to the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia taking place today May 17.

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  • Didier Reynders visits Tunis

    16 May

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders visited Tunis on 5 and 6 May 2015. The visit aimed at boosting bilateral relations and supporting Tunisia in its transition process. The Minister paid tribute to the victims of the Bardo Museum terrorist attack, including our compatriot Hilda Van Nerum. He met with civil society, the President of the Republic, the President of the Assembly of People's Representatives, the Foreign Minister and the Minister of Finance.

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  • Didier Reynders deplores decision to expand settlements in East Jerusalem

    14 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders strongly deplores the Israeli authorities' decision to reinforce the expansion of settlements in Ramat Shlomo (East Jerusalem). In November 2014, the Foreign Ministers of the countries of the European Union had already expressed their opposition to these plans, calling on Israel to rescind its decision.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes resumption negotiations in Cyprus

    13 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the resumption of talks in Cyprus after a positive meeting between the Greek-Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and the newly elected Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

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  • Events in Burundi - Security measures for Belgians

    13 May

    The Belgian government is following closely events in Burundi. The Belgian Foreign Ministry, in close cooperation with the Prime Minister's Office and other relevant Ministries, is implementing a number of measures related to the security of Belgian citizens in the country.

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  • Didier Reynders on situation in Burundi

    13 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is following with concern the ongoing events in Bujumbura. He calls on all parties to show restraint and not to use violence.

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  • Tonight pop concert for our public diplomacy!

    11 May

    Very popular with Belgians for the cosiness of its concerts, the Ancienne Belgique is celebrating its 35 years. In the wake of this anniversary, on May 11th, the AB - in cooperation with the FPS Foreign Affairs - organizes a concert on the theme 'Best of Belgium' in the presence of the Belgian royal couple and Foreign Affairs Minister didier reynders. The entire foreign diplomatic corps in Belgium has been invited to this public diplomacy event. Two Belgian groups, Girls In Hawaii and Intergalactic Lovers, will perform on the main stage of the AB, considered as one of the best concert halls in the world. It will be possible to follow the concert in live streaming worldwide through the network of Belgian diplomatic and consular posts and through ABtv from 8pm.

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  • Helicopter crash in northeastern Pakistan

    08 May

    It was with great sadness that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned of the tragic helicopter crash in the region of Gilgit Baltistan, in northeastern Pakistan. The helicopter transported diplomats to the opening ceremony of a tourism project. Didier Reynders expresses his condolences to the families and relatives of the Pakistani pilots and crew, the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines, as well as the wives of the ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia which unfortunately didn’t survive this tragedy. Minister Reynders is also concerned about the people that were injured during the crash and wishes them a quick recovery.

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