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Belgian Defence Minister postpones visit to Australia



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Minister for Defence - Belgian Defence Minister postpones visit to Australia

19 March 2012

Belgian Minister of Defence, Mr Pieter de Crem, has postponed a planned visit to Australia to

oversee military assistance for the repatriation to Belgium of victims of the tragic bus

accident in Switzerland on 13 March.

This morning I visited the Belgian Embassy in Canberra to sign a condolence book for the

victims of this terrible accident.

I asked Belgian Ambassador to Australia, HE Patrick Renault, to pass on the condolences of

the Australian Government and people to Minister de Crem and the Belgian Government.

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