- The Washington Times - Monday, December 6, 1999

Mexico cancels visit

Political opponents have blocked Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo from visiting Washington this week for a working session with President Clinton.

The Mexican Embassy said Mr. Zedillo had no choice but to cancel his visit scheduled for Thursday after legislators of the National Action Party (PAN) and Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) refused to approve his trip.

Under the Mexican Constitution, the president must receive the permission of the legislature before traveling abroad on official visits, the embassy said.

Mr. Zedillo is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which has ruled Mexico for most of this century. He submitted a request to travel to Washington last month. The Senate approved the request, with opposition members voting with the PRI.

However, the PAN and PRD factions in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house, blocked the measure by trying to attach unrelated issues to the travel-approval bill. The PRI then withheld the measure to avoid the possibility of an embarrassing denial of a presidential-travel request.

A rejection would have been a “discourtesy toward a neighbor nation and a friendly government,” the embassy said.

Awkward proposal

The United States is urging India to hold high-level talks with Pakistan’s military government, U.S. Ambassador Richard Celeste told the Press Trust of India.

“We continue to take the position that it will be very valuable for India to engage Pakistan at the highest level on issues that trouble the relationship between the two countries,” he was quoted as saying yesterday.

Mr. Celeste conceded a meeting between a democratic government of India and a military government of Pakistan would be “awkward.”

But he said a “great deal of trust” had been “damaged” by a two-month conflict earlier this year between Indian soldiers and a Pakistan-backed militia in the disputed Kashmir region.

He appealed for “extraordinary leadership” from India and Pakistan to settle the Kashmir dispute and said not to look for a solution from the United States.

The “smartest and wisest” American could not solve the problem, Mr. Celeste said.

The United States wants a “thriving and broad-based relationship with India,” he said, adding that President Clinton plans to visit there next year.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

c Alberto Bustamante, justice minister and chairman of the council of ministers of Peru. He meets members of Congress and administration officials, including Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering. He also meets editors and reporters at The Washington Times. Tomorrow, he addresses invited guests at the Inter-American Dialogue.

c Rasul Gouliev, former speaker of the Azerbaijan parliament and now co-chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party. He will address invited guests at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Tomorrow

c Valentina Tereshkova, director of Russia’s International Center for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation. She will help dedicate the Russian Cultural Center this week.

c Sergei Grigoriants, head of the Glasnost Foundation in Moscow. He will address invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute on freedom in Russia.

Thursday

c Ali Naimi, oil minister of Saudi Arabia, who will address invited guests at an energy conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Friday

c A delegation representing Egyptian Christians and Muslims. It includes: Nabil Abdul Fattah, director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies; Saad Eddin Ibrahim, director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center; the Rev. Menes Abdul Noor, pastor of the Kasr El Dobra Evangelical Church; Hafez Abu Seada, secretary-general of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights; Youssef Sidhom, editor of the Watani newspaper; and Coptic Christian Bishops Thoms of Al Qousiya and Wissa of Al Baliana. They will receive Freedom House’s religious-freedom award.

c To contact Embassy Row, call 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail morris@twtmail.com

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

c Alberto Bustamante, justice minister and chairman of the council of ministers of Peru. He meets members of Congress and administration officials, including Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering. He also meets editors and reporters at The Washington Times. Tomorrow, he addresses invited guests at the Inter-American Dialogue.

c Rasul Gouliev, former speaker of the Azerbaijan parliament and now co-chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party. He will address invited guests at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Tomorrow

c Valentina Tereshkova, director of Russia’s International Center for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation. She will help dedicate the Russian Cultural Center this week.

c Sergei Grigoriants, head of the Glasnost Foundation in Moscow. He will address invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute on freedom in Russia.

Thursday

c Ali Naimi, oil minister of Saudi Arabia, who will address invited guests at an energy conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Friday

c A delegation representing Egyptian Christians and Muslims. It includes: Nabil Abdul Fattah, director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies; Saad Eddin Ibrahim, director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center; the Rev. Menes Abdul Noor, pastor of the Kasr El Dobra Evangelical Church; Hafez Abu Seada, secretary-general of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights; Youssef Sidhom, editor of the Watani newspaper; and Coptic Christian Bishops Thoms of Al Qousiya and Wissa of Al Baliana. They will receive Freedom House’s religious-freedom award.

c To contact Embassy Row, call 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail morris@twtmail.com

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

c Alberto Bustamante, justice minister and chairman of the council of ministers of Peru. He meets members of Congress and administration officials, including Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering. He also meets editors and reporters at The Washington Times. Tomorrow, he addresses invited guests at the Inter-American Dialogue.

c Rasul Gouliev, former speaker of the Azerbaijan parliament and now co-chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party. He will address invited guests at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Tomorrow

c Valentina Tereshkova, director of Russia’s International Center for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation. She will help dedicate the Russian Cultural Center this week.

c Sergei Grigoriants, head of the Glasnost Foundation in Moscow. He will address invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute on freedom in Russia.

Thursday

c Ali Naimi, oil minister of Saudi Arabia, who will address invited guests at an energy conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Friday

c A delegation representing Egyptian Christians and Muslims. It includes: Nabil Abdul Fattah, director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies; Saad Eddin Ibrahim, director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center; the Rev. Menes Abdul Noor, pastor of the Kasr El Dobra Evangelical Church; Hafez Abu Seada, secretary-general of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights; Youssef Sidhom, editor of the Watani newspaper; and Coptic Christian Bishops Thoms of Al Qousiya and Wissa of Al Baliana. They will receive Freedom House’s religious-freedom award.

c To contact Embassy Row, call 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail morris@twtmail.com

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

c Alberto Bustamante, justice minister and chairman of the council of ministers of Peru. He meets members of Congress and administration officials, including Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering. He also meets editors and reporters at The Washington Times. Tomorrow, he addresses invited guests at the Inter-American Dialogue.

c Rasul Gouliev, former speaker of the Azerbaijan parliament and now co-chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party. He will address invited guests at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Tomorrow

c Valentina Tereshkova, director of Russia’s International Center for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation. She will help dedicate the Russian Cultural Center this week.

c Sergei Grigoriants, head of the Glasnost Foundation in Moscow. He will address invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute on freedom in Russia.

Thursday

c Ali Naimi, oil minister of Saudi Arabia, who will address invited guests at an energy conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Friday

c A delegation representing Egyptian Christians and Muslims. It includes: Nabil Abdul Fattah, director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies; Saad Eddin Ibrahim, director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center; the Rev. Menes Abdul Noor, pastor of the Kasr El Dobra Evangelical Church; Hafez Abu Seada, secretary-general of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights; Youssef Sidhom, editor of the Watani newspaper; and Coptic Christian Bishops Thoms of Al Qousiya and Wissa of Al Baliana. They will receive Freedom House’s religious-freedom award.

c To contact Embassy Row, call 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail morris@twtmail.com

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

c Alberto Bustamante, justice minister and chairman of the council of ministers of Peru. He meets members of Congress and administration officials, including Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering. He also meets editors and reporters at The Washington Times. Tomorrow, he addresses invited guests at the Inter-American Dialogue.

c Rasul Gouliev, former speaker of the Azerbaijan parliament and now co-chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party. He will address invited guests at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Tomorrow

c Valentina Tereshkova, director of Russia’s International Center for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation. She will help dedicate the Russian Cultural Center this week.

c Sergei Grigoriants, head of the Glasnost Foundation in Moscow. He will address invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute on freedom in Russia.

Thursday

c Ali Naimi, oil minister of Saudi Arabia, who will address invited guests at an energy conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Friday

c A delegation representing Egyptian Christians and Muslims. It includes: Nabil Abdul Fattah, director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies; Saad Eddin Ibrahim, director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center; the Rev. Menes Abdul Noor, pastor of the Kasr El Dobra Evangelical Church; Hafez Abu Seada, secretary-general of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights; Youssef Sidhom, editor of the Watani newspaper; and Coptic Christian Bishops Thoms of Al Qousiya and Wissa of Al Baliana. They will receive Freedom House’s religious-freedom award.

c To contact Embassy Row, call 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail morris@twtmail.com

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

c Alberto Bustamante, justice minister and chairman of the council of ministers of Peru. He meets members of Congress and administration officials, including Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering. He also meets editors and reporters at The Washington Times. Tomorrow, he addresses invited guests at the Inter-American Dialogue.

c Rasul Gouliev, former speaker of the Azerbaijan parliament and now co-chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party. He will address invited guests at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Tomorrow

c Valentina Tereshkova, director of Russia’s International Center for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation. She will help dedicate the Russian Cultural Center this week.

c Sergei Grigoriants, head of the Glasnost Foundation in Moscow. He will address invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute on freedom in Russia.

Thursday

c Ali Naimi, oil minister of Saudi Arabia, who will address invited guests at an energy conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Friday

c A delegation representing Egyptian Christians and Muslims. It includes: Nabil Abdul Fattah, director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies; Saad Eddin Ibrahim, director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center; the Rev. Menes Abdul Noor, pastor of the Kasr El Dobra Evangelical Church; Hafez Abu Seada, secretary-general of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights; Youssef Sidhom, editor of the Watani newspaper; and Coptic Christian Bishops Thoms of Al Qousiya and Wissa of Al Baliana. They will receive Freedom House’s religious-freedom award.

c To contact Embassy Row, call 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail morris@twtmail.com

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

c Alberto Bustamante, justice minister and chairman of the council of ministers of Peru. He meets members of Congress and administration officials, including Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering. He also meets editors and reporters at The Washington Times. Tomorrow, he addresses invited guests at the Inter-American Dialogue.

c Rasul Gouliev, former speaker of the Azerbaijan parliament and now co-chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party. He will address invited guests at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Tomorrow

c Valentina Tereshkova, director of Russia’s International Center for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation. She will help dedicate the Russian Cultural Center this week.

c Sergei Grigoriants, head of the Glasnost Foundation in Moscow. He will address invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute on freedom in Russia.

Thursday

c Ali Naimi, oil minister of Saudi Arabia, who will address invited guests at an energy conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Friday

c A delegation representing Egyptian Christians and Muslims. It includes: Nabil Abdul Fattah, director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies; Saad Eddin Ibrahim, director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center; the Rev. Menes Abdul Noor, pastor of the Kasr El Dobra Evangelical Church; Hafez Abu Seada, secretary-general of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights; Youssef Sidhom, editor of the Watani newspaper; and Coptic Christian Bishops Thoms of Al Qousiya and Wissa of Al Baliana. They will receive Freedom House’s religious-freedom award.

c To contact Embassy Row, call 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail morris@twtmail.com

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

c Alberto Bustamante, justice minister and chairman of the council of ministers of Peru. He meets members of Congress and administration officials, including Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering. He also meets editors and reporters at The Washington Times. Tomorrow, he addresses invited guests at the Inter-American Dialogue.

c Rasul Gouliev, former speaker of the Azerbaijan parliament and now co-chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party. He will address invited guests at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Tomorrow

c Valentina Tereshkova, director of Russia’s International Center for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation. She will help dedicate the Russian Cultural Center this week.

c Sergei Grigoriants, head of the Glasnost Foundation in Moscow. He will address invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute on freedom in Russia.

Thursday

c Ali Naimi, oil minister of Saudi Arabia, who will address invited guests at an energy conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Friday

c A delegation representing Egyptian Christians and Muslims. It includes: Nabil Abdul Fattah, director of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies; Saad Eddin Ibrahim, director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center; the Rev. Menes Abdul Noor, pastor of the Kasr El Dobra Evangelical Church; Hafez Abu Seada, secretary-general of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights; Youssef Sidhom, editor of the Watani newspaper; and Coptic Christian Bishops Thoms of Al Qousiya and Wissa of Al Baliana. They will receive Freedom House’s religious-freedom award.

c To contact Embassy Row, call 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail morris@twtmail.com

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