Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement of the signature of 3 ordinances by president Joseph Kabila Kabange, granting individual and collective pardon in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He is particularly pleased with the desire expressed by the Congolese authorities to make sure a climate of trust and cohesion exists in the context of the national dialogue. He hopes this will lead to the opening of the public space and the release of all political prisoners in the DRC.
The Belgian government wishes to express its support for Turkey’s democratic institutions and is pleased that the attempted coup has ended.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is profoundly shocked and saddened by the attack in Nice during Bastille Day celebrations. He firmly condemns this odious terrorist attack in which many people lost their lives. Barbarity has once again killed and injured innocent victims, including children. His thoughts are with the victims and the injured as well as their families and friends. Didier Reynders also expresses his solidarity with the French people and the French authorities. Our hearts and minds are with our neighboring country. Didier Reynders recalls that Belgium will continue to stand with the French and with other partners to fight terrorism with great determination.
The Parliament today votes on the draft law of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, on the reform of the Belgian Investment Company for Developing countries (BIO). Minister De Croo intends to open BIO to private capital in order to give it an even greater capacity to invest in the growth of a strong local economy in developing countries. The reform is part of the strategy of Minister De Croo aiming at getting the private sector more involved in international development policy.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Minister of Justice Koen Geens this morning participated in the presentation of a study made by ECPAT Belgium (a member of the ECPAT International network, whose mission is to fight against the sexual exploitation and abuse of children) on the fight against impunity for persons who commit child sexual abuses abroad. Minister Reynders insisted that the fight against sexual abuse and exploitation of children is a long-term struggle in which Foreign Affairs continues to participate.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo are concerned about the sudden resurgence of violence in Juba, South Sudan, since 7 July. They call for an urgent end to the fighting by all concerned. They urge the parties to fully and immediately implement the peace agreement of August 2015. Belgium follows the situation on the ground closely and consults with other countries and organizations, including the EU and the UN. In that respect, Belgium welcomes yesterday’s statement by the UN Security Council and by the UN Secretary General.
Speech by Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders at the launch of the campaign for a seat at the UN Security Council, New York, 11 July 2016.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders launched today in New York, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and of the Permanent Representatives to the UN, the Belgian campaign for a seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2019-2020 period. The election will be held in June 2018 at the seat of the United Nations in New York.