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Belgium/attacks/telephone conversation between M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Mr Didier Reynders, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs

Published on March 23, 2016
Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Paris, March 22, 2016

After the horrific attacks which struck Belgium this morning, I telephoned my Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders, to tell him how appalled France is.

This conversation allowed us to take stock of the tragic situation in Brussels, which has resulted in many people being killed and injured. At this tragic time, our thoughts go first to these casualties, their families and close friends.

I told Belgium of France’s solidarity and reaffirmed that we stand united with our Belgian friends in this terrible ordeal.

My Belgian colleague and I stressed the urgency of coordinating our action even further when it comes to fighting terrorism./.

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