Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is following very closely the situation in the Carribean due to hurricane Irma. Through our embassies and consulates our fellow citizens have received advice and instructions. Belgians travelling through the region can contact at any time our diplomatic missions via the emergency numbers. It is still recommended to strictly adhere to the instructions of the local authorities.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders conveyes his most sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquake in Mexico. He wishes a quick recovery to the wounded.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued formally today, with the support of Belgium, the very first Humanitarian Impact Bond. Belgium is, together with the ICRC, the groundbreaker of this new financing mechanism which will be rolled out to build three physical rehabilitation centers in conflict zones.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders submits Belgium’s request for an opinion on the compatibility of the Investment Court System (ICS) with the European Treaties to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The ICS is the reformed system of dispute settlement between States and investors, that was introduced in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This morning, Belgium’s Consultative Committee reached an agreement between the Federal Government and the federated entities on the basis of Minister Reynders’ proposal.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has closely followed the elections in Kenya and the nullification of the results of the presidential election by the Supreme Court due to irregularities in the electoral process. This decision bears witness to the independence of the judiciary and the state of democracy in Kenya.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders condemns in the strongest terms the sixth nuclear test conducted by North Korea in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Through its provocative actions North Korea endangers not only regional but also international security.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders received today his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. The two ministers exchanged views on bilateral relations, the fight against terrorism and its financing, the situation in the Gulf region and the state of human rights in Qatar.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and Minister for Defence Steven Vandeput welcome the approval of the Comprehensive Approach strategy note by the Council of Ministers. The new strategy note sets out the concrete approach and working methods for a coherent Belgian foreign policy.
Effective from today, Matthieu Branders will take the position of deputy spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. He replaces Michael Mareel and José de Pierpont, who are moving to positions in Berlin (Germany) and Vienna (Austria).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the launch of ballistic missiles by North Korea, including the launch of a missile over the Japanese territory. These actions are incompatible with the binding resolutions of the UN Security Council and represent a threat for the regional and international security. They do not bring us any closer to a durable peace, which can only be reached through international collaboration and dialogue.