Honorary Ambassador André Adam victim of 22 March Brussels attacks

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned with sadness on the passing away of honorary ambassador André Adam during the Brussels attacks on 22 March.

André Adam was a brilliant diplomat. He was posted in Havana (1964-1967), Paris (1968-1971), Kinshasa (1971-1974) and London (1974-1979), before representing our country as consul general in Los Angeles (1982-1986). Later he became ambassador of Belgium in Algiers (1986-1990), Kinshasa (1990-91) and Washington (1994-1998). He finished his diplomatic career as permanent representative of Belgium to the UN (1998-2001). From 1979 to 1980, he was chief of staff of Minister of Foreign Affairs Henri Simonet. From 1991 to 1994 he was director general for political affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Brussels.

André Adam will be remembered by colleagues as a very human and accessible person with a warm personality and an open ear for his colleagues. During his whole life his professional engagement for the peaceful resolution of conflicts was striking. Those who have worked with him will never forget him.

Didier Reynders offers his sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. He wishes his wife all the strength and support she needs.

André Adam’s family has declared not to want to talk to the press. We thank the press to respect their wish. 

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