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Didier Reynders confirms Belgium’s commitment to the Children and Armed Conflict agenda

The event welcomes accomplished mediators and child protection experts with experience in all four corners of the world

Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Didier Reynders invited a group of high-level experts at the Egmont Palace in Brussels to discuss the importance of including child protection issues in peace negotiations. Belgium has played a leading role in this field for years and remains…

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Reynders and De Croo confirm the revitalization of diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

A Memorandum was concluded allowing for the revival of the cooperation in the field of finance

Before welcoming President Tshisekedi on the occasion of his first official visit to Belgium, Deputy Prime minister and Minister of Foreign affairs Didier Reynders met with his Congolese counterpart Marie Tumba Nzeza at Melsbroek. Today, the two ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the regular holding of bilateral…

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Official visit of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The official visit confirms the revitalization of the very close relationship between the DRC and Belgium

The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), H. E. Sir Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, will be on an official visit in Belgium starting on Tuesday 17 September 2019. After the official welcome by Prime Minister Charles Michel and a governmental meeting at the Egmont Palace, President Tshisekedi will…

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Didier Reynders calls for a definitive end to nuclear tests

The 1996 treaty can only enter into force after the ratification by 8 remaining countries, namely the USA, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, China, Israel and Egypt

On the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, the Vice-Prime minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders pleads for a definitive end to all nuclear tests. To this end, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) must enter into force. Over the past two years, the Belgian diplomacy remained engaged in the…

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New Foreign Affairs spokespersons

Until recently, Nadia Benini served at the Belgian Embassy in Kinshasa, after successive experiences in Shanghai, Brasilia and Lubumbashi

Karl Lagatie is the new spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Since July 8th, he took over from Matthieu Branders who will soon be starting his new assignment as Consul General in São Paulo. As of today, Nadia Benini joins the team as deputy…

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Didier Reynders strongly condemns the violent attack of yesterday against a village in Mali

Early Saturday morning, armed individuals stormed into the village of Ogossagou, in the centre of Mali

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence Didier Reynders strongly condemns the odious attack which caused the violent death of at least 135 persons yesterday in Mali, close to the border with Burkina Faso. Early Saturday morning, armed individuals stormed into the village of Ogossagou, in…

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Belgian Emergency Aid for Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after passage of cyclone Idai

The Belgian government expresses its sympathy to the affected populations of the three countries

The passage of the tropical cyclone Idai and the floods that accompanied it caused an enormous havoc in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. It is one of the most devastating storms affecting Southern Africa in recent history, with probably more than a thousand victims. The Belgian government expresses its sympathy to…

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Belgium supports fight against corruption linked to wildlife and forest crimes in Africa

Fighting environmental corruption supports ecosystems and biodiversity for the current generation, but also for those of tomorrow

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs and Minister of Defense Didier Reynders signed this morning in the Egmont Palace in Brussels a commitment for an amount of two million euros to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This commitment will benefit a fund…

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Alexander De Croo signs new cooperation agreement with Guinea

The first cooperation agreement worth 15 million euro, started in 2016 and will end in 2019

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Development Alexander De Croo signed today a new five-year cooperation programme with the Republic of Guinea. Belgium and Guinea will work together in the coming five years on strengthening entrepreneurship, women's rights and education. After successfully containing the Ebola crisis, Guinea became a…

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Enabel's climate conference focuses on tackling climate change in African cities

More than 170 participants from Belgium and from abroad will debate on plans to integrate climate change into the development strategies of secondary cities

“We have to tackle climate change at home, but we must certainly not forget the poorest countries. They are the biggest victims of climate change.” That is the message of Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and of Enabel director Jean Van Wetter. Today and tomorrow, the Belgian development…