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  • Didier Reynders meets with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow

    10 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, on a mission to Moscow in the framework of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, met with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov, exactly four months after a first visit in the same capacity.

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  • Belgium participates in 13th UN Crime Congress in Doha

    08 Apr

    From 12 to 19 April 2015, the 13th Crime Congress will be held in Doha as part of the International Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) of the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This conference is a forum bringing together government and non-government representatives and experts who will discuss crime prevention and international cooperation in criminal matters. This year, the main underlying theme of the conference will be the relationship between the rule of law and the post-2015 development goals, with a particular emphasis on crime prevention.

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  • Discovery of a mass grave in Maluku, DRC

    08 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses concern about the gruesome discovery in Maluku, 80 km north of Kinshasa, of a mass grave in which there would be more than 420 corpses.

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  • Designation members National Human Rights Commission in DRC

    04 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the designation, on 1 April 2015, of the members of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an independent institution for the promotion and protection of human rights in the DRC.

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  • Didier Reynders shocked by terrorist attack in Kenya

    03 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is deeply shocked by the terrible toll of the terrorist attack in Garissa in eastern Kenya. In this barbaric and cowardly act, 147 people were killed and many more injured, mostly innocent students.

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  • Belgium prepares report for UN Human Rights Council “Universal Periodic Review”

    02 Apr

    In January 2016, the Belgian human rights policy will be evaluated for the second time during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UPR is an evaluation mechanism in which states assess each other’s human rights record through questions and recommendations. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders attaches great importance to this review, as it brings together all UN member states and encourages them to be more ambitious in fulfilling their human rights obligations.

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  • 27 Heads of Belgian Diplomatic Missions assigned abroad

    02 Apr

    The King approved the assignment of 27 Heads of Diplomatic Missions, as proposed by Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. The assignments for the bilateral missions will be effective only after the host countries have given their approval ('agrément'). For Permanent Representatives, a prior accreditation by the relevant International Organisations is required. The new Heads of Mission will take office during the Summer period.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes 'historic' election in Nigeria

    01 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates, just like EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, Muhammadu Buhari on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The fifth presidential election since the end of military rule in 1999 marks a historic step forward by demonstrating the maturity of the Nigerian democracy.

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  • Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria - Belgium pledges 20 million euros

    31 Mar

    Today the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria takes place in Kuwait. This conference brings together international donors to discuss the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria. In this context, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo agreed in principle to donate 20 million euros in assistance to the Syrian population in Syria, the Syrians who fled to neighboring countries and to humanitarian aid in Iraq.

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  • Didier Reynders holds political consultations in the United Arab Emirates

    26 Mar

    On the occasion of the Belgian economic mission in the United Arab Emirates, involving more than 400 businesspeople and presided by HRH Princess Astrid, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders held a series of political consultations and visits, mainly related to the regional situation. Belgium and the United Arab Emirates are both engaged in the international coalition against the terrorist group ISIL.

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