Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is worried about the escalation of violence in Syria and about the humanitarian situation in the country. The situation has become particularly severe in recent weeks in Eastern Ghouta, in Idlib province and around Afrin, among others.
On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers we reflect on the tens of thousands boys and girls who are recruited today in armed conflicts. Even today, in about twenty countries all over the world, children are exposed to the cruelties of wars and conflicts: they are witnesses or victims to these cruelties and, in many cases, are forced to use violence themselves.
Queen Mathilde and Deputy Prime Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo started today a three-day working visit to Ghana. The focus of the visit lies entirely on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are the seventeen goals that must be reached in order to eradicate extreme poverty and to protect our planet.
Minister Reynders welcomes the Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances which is meeting upon his invitation today in Brussels. In the fight against impunity, this monitoring mechanism - composed of five independent human rights experts - is still very much needed.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announce the opening of 4 new Belgian embassies in Africa. The existing diplomatic bureaus in Cotonou (Benin), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Niamey (Niger) will be upgraded to the rang of embassy as of today. In doing so, our country is demonstrating the importance it attaches to its relations with these countries, as well as to the situation in the region.