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    Didier Reynders on Friday called for new EU-wide measures to counter international terrorism.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders on Friday called for new EU-wide measures to counter international terrorism, just weeks after attacks shook Brussels.

    “At a time when Europe is shaken by terrorist attacks, we need to establish new measures to deal with the threats that our communities face," Reynders said at a conference in Geneva.

    At the same time, the  EU authorities should ensure that these anti-terror measures respect the freedom of speech and other rights of the citizens, the minister added.

    "Respect for human rights is not only an effective way of combating terrorism, it is also a way to not give in to terrorism and not give them [terrorists] to win," Reynders said.

    On March 22, two suicide blasts ripped through the departure hall of the airport in the northeastern municipality of Zaventem while another explosion hit the Maelbeek metro station near the headquarters of the EU institutions in Brussels, killing over 30 people and injuring at least 300.

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