Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders had a working lunch at the Belgian residence in Abidjan with Leonard She Okitundu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who since Monday is taking part in the preparatory meetings for the summit between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) in Ivory Coast.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo visits today, together with Prime Minister Charles Michel, a revalidation center in Bamako (Mali). This visit gives them a first-hand view on how the innovative humanitarian approach of our country works in the field. Handicap International presents in Bamako the development of 3D-printed limbs. The ICRC presents its plan to build a new physical revalidation center in Mali with the very first Humanitarian Impact Bond developed in partnership with Belgium.
The 13th ASEM Foreign Minister meeting took place on 20-21 November in the capital of Myanmar. This meeting allowed good discussions between European and Asian Countries on the crisis in Northern Rakhine.
Today Ratko Mladić has been found guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. This sentence puts an end to a long legal battle in this Tribunal for the many victims of the atrocities which have taken place 20 years ago in the Western Balkans.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the inhuman treatment of migrants in Libya and by the use of violence against them. He condemns these revolting practices. Belgium takes good note of the enquiry opened by the Libyan authorities, with the hope that it will be concluded as quickly as possible.
The Global Conference on Cities and Migration is currently being held in Mechelen, Belgium (16-17 November). Hosted by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the City of Mechelen, the conference is co-organized by partners UN-Habitat; IOM, the UN Migration Agency; and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo decided to make available an additional grant of 7 million EUR for the Least Developed Countries Fund. He makes this announcement in the margins of the COP23, the UN Climate Conference which is currently on-going in Bonn. With these extra resources, Belgium wants to help the most vulnerable countries to become more resilient against the impact of climate change.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders closely followed the recent developments in Lebanon. He wishes to express his support to the unity, the stability, the sovereignty and the security of the Republic of Lebanon.
The Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War, is being celebrated this 11th of November. Today is also the last day of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. It was during this tragic battle, on Belgian soil, that chemical weapons were used for the first time on a large scale. Unfortunately, the use of chemical weapons still does not belong to the past.