On Thursday 26 January 2023, the charter of Philip of Alsace, Count of Flanders, which was kept in the Benedictine Abbey of Messines (Mesen) in West Flanders, and which had disappeared at the beginning of the First World War, was officially handed over to the State Archives of Belgium. The charter had resurfaced at The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City (The Met) in December 2016. In early 2020, The Met agreed return this precious document, which is part of our cultural heritage, to Belgium.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on Belgian nationals visiting Iran to leave the country as soon as possible in view of the increased risk of arbitrary detention in the light of the current deterioration of the security situation throughout Iran.
This year, Belgium has allocated 1,637,000 euros to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the prevention of nuclear proliferation and the promotion of nuclear cooperation in the fields of medicine, scientific research and of farming.
From December 5 to 9, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, representing His Majesty the King, is leading the Belgian economic mission to Japan. On 7 December, several visits to businesses and with public officials are scheduled in Nagoya in order to explore investment and economic opportunities to strengthen the partnerships between Belgium and Japan.