Meryame Kitir, Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Policy, launched the new bilateral cooperation programme together with Palestinian Prime Minister Shtayyeh on Thursday 12 May.
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12 MayPress release
08 MayPress release
Meryame Kitir, Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Policy, is going on a working visit to Palestine from 9 to 13 May. Her focus is to draw attention to the need for quality protection for Palestinians living under occupation and to bring a perspective on a more promising future for Palestinian youth and women.
06 NovPress release
Belgium condemns the recent demolition of four homes in the occupied Palestinian Territories (in al-Rakeez, south of Hebron) by the Israeli authorities. This essential infrastructure was built with Belgian funding, as part of humanitarian aid implemented by the West Bank Protection Consortium. Our country asks Israel for compensation or restitution for these destructions.
23 JulDeputy Prime Ministers Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders condemn the destruction of a project funded by Belgium south of HebronPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemn the demolition on July 4th of three water tanks, 2500 trees and a fence as part of an OXFAM humanitarian project in Dukaika, south of Hebron, funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation. This project, which was completed in 2015-16, was designed to preserve pastures for livestock, a major source of income for 300 affected people.
25 JunPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has decided to grant an additional € 4 million in humanitarian aid to UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for distributing humanitarian aid to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. This new support brings Belgian aid to the UNRWA to more than € 11 million this year. With this support, Belgium wants UNRWA schools to reopen their doors to more than half a million Palestinian children after the summer holidays.
01 JunDidier Reynders and Alexander De Croo worried by the continuing tensions in Israel and the Palestinian territoriesPress release
Ministers Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo express their grave concern following recent developments on the ground in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The situation, which was already very tense over the last few weeks, has deteriorated on several fronts.
14 MarMinister Reynders condemns the assassination attempt against the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Rami HamdallahPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the assassination attempt against the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Rami Hamdallah which occurred yesterday in Beit Hanoun, in the Gaza strip.
22 JanPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo met today in Brussels with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority.
17 JanPress release
In response to the call of UNRWA's Commissioner-General, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has decided to allocate 19 million EURO over the next 3 years to UNRWA, the United Nations agency which provides humanitarian help to Palestinian refugees. Belgium is one of the few donors that provides this kind of multi-annual funding. Considering the financial difficulties which UNRWA currently faces, the Belgian annual contribution will be disbursed immediately. The US government decided yesterday to suspend half of its support to UNRWA.
07 DecPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets with some bitterness of the decision of the American President to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Belgian diplomacy, much as the rest of the world, had sent signals that this was not the right solution. This message was renewed when State Secretary Rex Tillerson was in Brussels this week.