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  • Conference in Brussels for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

    27 Jan

    On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is organizing an international conference in Brussels on 30 March and 1 April.

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  • Didier Reynders pleased with adoption of new Tunisian Constitution

    27 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that yesterday, 26 January 2014, Tunisia adopted a new Constitution. This is an important step in the democratic transition process in Tunisia that started in January 2011. The country can now move toward the completion of this transition period by organizing free and pluralistic parliamentary and presidential elections.

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  • Didier Reynders’ reaction to the swearing-in of interim president in the Central African Republic

    24 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased to learn that the National Transition Council has elected Mrs Catherine Samba-Panza to lead the transition in the Central African Republic. With this procedure, the authorities of the transition have demonstrated a willingness to observe the provisions of the Constitutional Charter.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about the situation in Ukraine

    23 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders referred to the statement by the High Representative of the EU, Catherine Ashton, when expressing his shared concern about the rapid deterioration of the situation in Ukraine.

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  • Spacebel delivers satellite to Vietnam

    23 Jan

    On 20 January, in the presence of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Johan Vande Lanotte, SPACEBEL signed a contract for the delivery to Vietnam of an Earth observation system ‘Made in Belgium’, named VNREDSat-1b (Vietnam Natural Resources, Environment & Disaster Monitoring satellite). The satellite will be launched in 2017.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes President Obama’s visit to Belgium on 26 March

    21 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announced visit of President Barack Obama to Belgium on 26 March.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the progress in the expulsion case of a Belgian mother

    20 Jan

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders reports that the Directorate General for Consular Affairs of the FPS Foreign Affairs this morning received the Turkish Ambassador to Belgium. During this discussion, they addressed the case of the Belgian mother who wanted to search for her son in Syria, but was stopped at the Istanbul Airport and expelled.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns attack in Kabul and offers his condolences

    18 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the deadly attack in the Afghan capital Kabul. The attack cost the lives of numerous people, including employees of the United Nations, the IMF and EUPOL.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about construction of new settlements in occupied territories

    13 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders supports the statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton and says he is very concerned about the Israeli government’s announcement of plans to build new settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. This announcement comes at a time when the peace negotiations are entering a crucial phase.

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  • Didier Reynders shocked by the barbaric massacre in Beni in the DRC

    17 Dec

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked at the discovery of 20 corpses in the villages of Musuku and Mwenda in the Ruwenzori area in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to provisional information, the victims - mainly women and children, including an infant just a few months old - were murdered with unimaginable violence and inhumanity. Some victims were raped, decapitated and even dismembered.

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