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  • Register your trip on travellersonline.diplomatie.be

    06 Jul

    You are Belgian and you travel outside of a member State of the European Union? Register your travel details on the website travellersonline.diplomatie.be. It takes only a few minutes and it's free of charge! In the case of a major crisis (natural disaster, political crisis...) in your country of destination, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs can more easily inform you and help you.

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  • Didier Reynders launches new website for assistance to Belgian travellers

    06 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders this morning launched ‘Travellers Online’, the new registration website of Foreign Affairs. On travellersonline.diplomatie.be, Belgians can easily and free of charge inform Foreign Affairs of their travel plans.

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  • Cash payments not accepted anymore

    03 Jul

    Do you need a new passport? To extend your visa or to legalise a document? Since July 1st, the consular offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels no longer accept cash payments. You may now pay only by credit or debit card (Bancontact, Maestro, Visa, Mastercard) or receipt of postal payment.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns new attacks in Egypt

    02 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the new wave of attacks in Egypt, in which tens of persons were killed. He strongly condemns these attacks. The Minister expresses his condolences with the victims, their families and the Egyptian people.

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  • Didier Reynders expresses his condolences after the plane crash in Indonesia

    01 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses his condolences to the government and the people of Indonesia following the crash of a military aircraft in Medan, capital of Sumatra in Indonesia. His thoughts go out to the relatives and friends of the victims. He wishes a lot of courage to those who were affected by this disaster, in particular the injured and their families.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns attack in Cairo on Egypt’s public prosecutor Hisham Barakat

    30 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses his condolences to the family and friends of public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, who was killed in a terrorist attack on 29 June in Cairo.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about the elections in Burundi

    29 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is deeply concerned about the organization of parliamentary and local elections in Burundi, today 29th of June. The principles of inclusiveness, transparency and credibility are not respected.

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  • Terrorist attacks in France, Tunesia and Kuwait

    26 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the terrorist attacks, today, in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. He condemns these barbaric and cowardly acts that took the lives of tens of persons.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes signature of peace agreement in Mali by the CMA

    24 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the signature of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali by the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), during the ceremony organised in Bamako on 20 June, under the high protection of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Didier Reynders acknowledges the courage and the determination of all parties in Mali to invest in the process of national reconciliation and refoundation of the Malian state. Without this process, no sustainable socio-economic development is possible.

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  • A great gift for Amaretch

    22 Jun

    Amaretch (29) is a single Ethiopian mother of two, who lives with her parents. To cultivate her 0.75 acres of land, she stands alone. In her region, Tigray, women may own land, but they are not allowed to plough it. It must be done by a man who is then entitled to receive half the harvest. Such practice is not exactly beneficial for food security in a region where 30 to 40% of the households are female headed. Tigray lost many men under the Derg regime and during the war with Eritrea. Fortunately Amaretch was able to rely on the programme of Caritas and ADCS.

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