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  • Saturday 21 March, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    20 Mar

    Racism and other forms of discrimination based on nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religion are still common in all societies of the world. Whether it is about violence in Belgium against Jews or violence against persons in Syria or Iraq who do not share the radical ideas of Daesh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders insists that we keep on defending our position of principle. In the current context, where extremism and terrorism are a threat to our societies, it is important to cherish and defend the democratic values and the human rights that the international community carefully built up over the years.

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  • Saturday 21 March, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    20 Mar

    Racism and other forms of discrimination based on nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religion are still common in all societies of the world. Whether it is about violence in Belgium against Jews or violence against persons in Syria or Iraq who do not share the radical ideas of Daesh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders insists that we keep on defending our position of principle. In the current context, where extremism and terrorism are a threat to our societies, it is important to cherish and defend the democratic values and the human rights that the international community carefully built up over the years.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns Bardo Museum attack in Tunis

    18 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis today, that killed and injured numerous people. The Minister expresses his condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the Tunisian people and government. He stresses the solidarity of Belgium with Tunisia.

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  • Intervention de Didier Reynders au Conseil Permanent de l’OSCE

    13 Mar

    Vienne, le 12 mars 2015. Intervention du Président-en-exercice du Comité des Ministres du Conseil de l’Europe Vice-Premier Ministre et Ministre des Affaires étrangères de la Belgique, Mr. Didier Reynders

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC on demining

    13 Mar

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the agreement of 7 March between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on a joint pilot demining project. This is a decisive step in the Colombian peace process. Belgium chairs the 14th Assembly of States Parties to the Ottawa Convention banning anti-personnel mines.

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  • Didier Reynders presents priorities Belgian Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe to the OSCE

    12 Mar

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, visited the OSCE on 12 March. He held a speech for the Permanent Council of the OSCE, in which he outlined the priorities of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, and had bilateral meetings with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and with Michael Link, Director of the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

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  • Didier Reynders presents priorities Belgian Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe to the OSCE

    12 Mar

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, visited the OSCE on 12 March. He held a speech for the Permanent Council of the OSCE, in which he outlined the priorities of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, and had bilateral meetings with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and with Michael Link, Director of the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

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  • Economic Diplomacy for flights from China to Liège and more tourism

    10 Mar

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement made today by Liège Airport on three new weekly flights between Liège and the Chinese cities of Shenyang, Tianjin and Xian. Over a thousand Chinese tourists can fly to Belgium every week to visit our country and other nearby European destinations. In this way, the assets of Belgium and its central location in Europe can be used to appeal to the fast growing Chinese tourism market.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns terrorist attack in Bamako

    07 Mar

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the terrorist attack in a restaurant in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Five persons died in that attack. Among the victims, there is also a Belgian national.

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  • Didier Reynders supports the ‘He for She’ campaign of UN Women: women's rights, also a man's business!

    06 Mar

    On the occasion of International Women’s Day, on 8 March, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders supports the ‘He for She’ campaign of UN Women. He calls all Belgian men to support this important campaign. Didier Reynders made a special call to all man diplomats to join the campaign.

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