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Amid chaos in Brussels, embassy in Delhi a picture of calm

In a stark contrast to the atmosphere in Brussels on Tuesday, silence prevailed within the gated, guarded walls of the Embassy, a building designed by architect Satish Gujral.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | New Delhi |
March 23, 2016 1:51:34 am

Enveloped in a blanket of peace and calm, the Embassy of Belgium in New Delhi, on Tuesday, reflected nothing of the chaos and devastation unleashed by multiple blasts in Brussels, Belgium’s capital, Tuesday.

Sources said things had been progressing normally at the embassy with no change in the number of visitors. Ambassador Jan Luykx confirmed this, saying, “We have had no directions from Brussels so far, so things have been running as usual… visa issuance is anyway outsourced so people don’t really have to come here for that. Now, of course, I don’t know, people may think twice before applying for those.”

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When asked if the embassy had been dealing with calls or visits from concerned relatives of residents of Brussels, he said, “People haven’t really been getting in touch with us. There is an Indian Embassy in Belgium so I assume they are looking for information from them directly. The only out of the ordinary calls we have been getting here have been from members of the press.”

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Luykx also expressed solidarity with the victims of the attack, saying, “We follow closely what happens to Belgians in Brussels, even in the rest of the world. When something horrible like this happens, you hope… sympathise with and think about the victims and their families.”

In a stark contrast to the atmosphere in Brussels on Tuesday, silence prevailed within the gated, guarded walls of the Embassy, a building designed by architect Satish Gujral. Although the embassy had no word from Brussels on Tuesday, further information is expected on Wednesday.

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First published on: 23-03-2016 at 01:51:34 am
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