Secretary of State Theo Francken travelled to Albania on Wednesday on a mission to dissuade Albanians from fleeing their country to seek a better life in Belgium.
The resumption of a political dialogue on the Syrian crisis, whether with Iran or Russia, is a priority, as opposed to sanctions against Moscow, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said on Monday on arriving at a meeting with his European counterparts in Luxembourg.
The foreign ministers of Belgium and Germany, Didier Reynders and Heiko Maas respectively, stressed on Friday the importance of finding a political situation to the Syrian conflict and avoiding an escalation.

No Islam Party gathering in Mons, says Mayor

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:48
Any application by the Islam Party to hold a gathering in Mons will be rejected, the Belga news agency learned on Wednesday, thus confirming information reported by Sudpresse.
Federal State Secretary Philippe De Backer (Open Vld) wants to use data from mileage checks and number-plate recognition cameras to fight social fraud, he told VTM Nieuws on Sunday.
Federal MP Richard Miller (MR) wants to ban the Islamic party, he told the Belga agency on Saturday.
The Flemish Liberal party, Open VLD, kicked off its campaign for the October municipal elections on Wednesday in Huldenberg, Flemish Brabant, with a new slogan, “Gewoon doen” (Just do it).
Defence Minister Steven Vandeput says he has “his head held high” in the F-16 affair.
The capital of Israel is, in fact, Jerusalem, Secretary of State Philippe De Backer said in an interview this week in the Joods Actueel magazine, where he also slams the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities (UNIA).
Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and U.N. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak of Slovakia had a working meeting on Tuesday morning on issues such as sustainable development goals and migration, but also on Belgium’s bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council in 2019-2020.