Didier Reynders regrets death of EU staff in Syria

date: 13 March 2013

It was with sadness that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned that Ahmad Shihadeh, an employee of the European diplomatic delegation to Syria, was killed in a missile strike. The minister expresses his condolences to the family and friends of Ahmad Shihadeh and to his colleagues at the European delegation. Belgium too has assigned a diplomat to the European delegation to develop cooperation between the Member States and the European External Action Service (EEAS).
Minister Reynders feels that this tragic death and the continued violence in Syria demonstrate once again that a political solution must be found. The minister thereby backs the call of High Representative Catherine Ashton for an end to violence in Syria.
Ahmad Shihadeh was killed while providing humanitarian aid. Didier Reynders therefore reiterates that he will continue to advocate the respect of international humanitarian law by all parties in Syria. The minister will continue to strive to ensure improved access to medical assistance in Syria.