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25 Jun
Press 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 Jun
Press 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 Mar
Press 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.

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22 Jan
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo met today in Brussels with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority.

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17 Jan
Press 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 Dec
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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.

20 Oct
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the decisions taken by the Israeli authorities during the week to allow the construction of thousands of new settlement units across the West Bank. 

10 Oct
Press release

In reaction to a number of articles published the last few days, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo clarify the Belgian policy regarding the support to schools in the Palestinian Territories.

27 Sep
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders laments and condemns the murder of three Israelis, a border guard and two private security guards, yesterday morning near the settlement of Har Adar in the West Bank.

24 Aug
Press release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo condemn the demolition by Israeli authorities of a school in Area C of the occupied Palestinian territory, in Jubbet Ad-Dib, near Bethlehem, which had been financed by various international donors, including Belgium. This destruction follows the seizure on August 9th of solar panels in Area C of the occupied Palestinian territory, in the village of Abu Nwar. These solar panels, which had been financed by the Belgian Development Cooperation, supplied the premises and playground of another school.