This 23 March, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has met the President of the Congolese National Episcopal Conference (CENCO) Mgr. Marcel Utembi and the Secretary-General, abbot Nshole. On 24 March, Minister Reynders met the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Maman Sidikou.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders met today with the vice-President and Foreign Minister of Panama Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado. The meeting took place within the framework of the political consultation mechanism that exists between Panama and Belgium. These consultations provide a structural basis for both countries to exchange views on bilateral relations and other issues of common interest, in addition to maintaining regular contacts via existing diplomatic channels.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Secretary for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem welcome the direct flights that will reconnect Brussels and Atlanta as from 25 March. The flights will be organized by Delta Airlines. This means that there will be seven direct flights departing from Brussels to the US (New York-JFK, New York- Newark Liberty, Washington – Dulles, Chicago – O’Hare, Atlanta, Orlando – Sanford, and Miami), with a total of 50 connections per week. In the summer months, there are daily flights to Atlanta and five per week in the winter.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked after the terrorist attack in London today that caused much human suffering. His thoughts are with the victims and the injured, as well as their families and friends. He also expresses his full support to the British government and population. Our country is in solidarity with the British people.
Belgium is deeply concerned with the disappearance of two members of the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and of four Congolese support staff, last weekend in Kasai Central province. Five days after they were reported missing, Belgium calls on the Congolese authorities to use all possible means, with the support of MONUSCO, to find these persons.
The Annual report on the events in 2016 of the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign trade and Development Cooperation gives an insight into the changes in Belgium, the world and our own department. According to Secretary-General Dirk Achten, the FPS quickly adapts whenever necessary but remains faithful to the principles and values that our country has been defending and promoting for decades.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about the growing tensions around the organization of electoral meetings in several European countries, in the context of the upcoming referendum on the Turkish constitution.
In the last weeks and months, our country allocated almost 60 million euros in direct humanitarian emergency assistance for, amongst others, South Sudan and Yemen, and for general support for the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), both active in the field. This was mentioned by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, responsible for humanitarian aid.
On 11 March, Belgium celebrates the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Moldova. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes this celebration, pays tribute to the friendship between our two peoples and wishes the Moldovan people great harmony and prosperity.