Belgium will reopen its embassy in kyiv and send a new ambassador there
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo confirmed on Thursday (July 7) that the Belgian embassy in Kyiv will reopen next Monday.
The Belgian Embassy in Kyiv will reopen next week (July 11) and Ambassador Peter Van De Velde, whom De Croo met before he was sent to Kyiv, will represent Belgium there. Mr Van De Velde will replace the former ambassador to Ukraine Axel Lenaerts, the latter coming to the end of his mandate.
At the end of June, the government had already announced the reopening of the Belgian embassy in the country for mid-July, thus following the vast majority of EU member states which have reopened their embassies in the Ukrainian capital in recent years. weeks.
As soon as the Belgian diplomatic staff who will assist the new ambassador arrive in kyiv, the staff there will gradually resume their activities, Mr. De Croo’s office announced.
The government gave the green light after a security analysis was carried out jointly by Foreign Affairs and Defence. Following this analysis, the necessary measures have been taken so that staff can work in a safe environment.
“The reopening of our embassy should allow closer contacts with the Ukrainian authorities, particularly in the context of the security situation and Ukraine’s application for EU membership”said Mr. De Croo.
“This is an important signal of resilience and support for Ukrainians. This return to kyiv of our diplomatic teams is also important in view of the reconstruction for which Belgian companies have a certain role to play”continued Mr. De Croo.
At the end of June, the Belgian Prime Minister spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about the reconstruction of Ukraine, the latter having declared that he expected Belgium to “significant contribution” to the reconstruction of his country.
After the reopening of the Belgian Embassy in Kyiv, which had been closed since March 1 after its staff was first transferred to the French Embassy for security reasons, the activities of its staff will be focused in a first on the diplomatic services and contacts with the Ukrainian authorities.
Consular services for Belgians, which were provided by consular staff working at border crossing points with Ukraine after the closure of the embassy, will continue to be provided by the Embassy of Belgium in Poland until ” new order “said the prime minister’s office.
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