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Welcome ceremony for the second edition of the Benelux Youth Forum at the Egmont Palace

This 21 October, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophiè Wilmes welcomed several dozens of young representatives from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg to the Benelux Youth Forum 2021 during a reception at the Egmont Palace.
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Together against the Death Penalty

On the occasion of the 19th European and World Day against the Death Penalty, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès reaffirms Belgium’s commitment to the universal abolition of the death penalty.
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Sophie Wilmès launches the Belgian part of the Conference on the Future of Europe

Today, Friday 8 October, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs, Sophie Wilmès kicked off the Belgian section of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) - a series of Belgian events that will take place throughout the autumn - at an opening event in the presence of European Commissioner, Didier Reynders.
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Belgium organizes an event on the humanitarian impact of COVID-19 in conflict areas

On Thursday 23 September, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès will co-chair a high-level event with European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the impact of COVID-19 on children. This event is organised in the margins of the UN General Assembly, in cooperation with Niger and the NGO Save the Children.
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Belgium considers that Mr. Rusesabagina did not receive a fair and due process

On Monday September 20th, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès was informed of the verdict in the trial of Mr. Rusesabagina in Kigali. 
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Belgium at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly will open in New York on 20 September, under the theme "Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations."
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Informal Council of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Gymnich): conclusions

Today, Friday 3 September, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès and her fellow ministers met at the invitation of the Slovenian presidency in Brdo, Slovenia, for a Gymnich, a half-yearly informal meeting of the Council of Foreign Affairs. Among other things, the ministers discussed the situation in Afghanistan, the relationship between the EU and the Gulf States and the EU-China relationship. 
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NATO ministerial: Afghanistan

Today, Friday 20 August, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Sophie Wilmès attended NATO's extraordinary Foreign Affairs ministerial meeting by video conference, which was organised following the situation in Afghanistan.
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Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council: Afghanistan

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Sophie Wilmès attended an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) on Tuesday 17 August by video conference, which was organised following the latest developments in Afghanistan, where the radical-Islamist Taliban have gained control of the country after a rapid advance.  
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Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union of 12 July: conclusions

On Monday 12 July, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, and her European counterparts met in Brussels for the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting.

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