- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 5, 2004

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• An Iraqi delegation, including Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan, Transportation Minister Louei Hatim Sultan al-Aris, Public Works Minister Nesreen Mustafa Berwari and Industry Minister Hajim al-Hassani. They address the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

• President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, President Xanana Gusmao of East Timor, Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania of Georgia, former President Corazon Aquino of the Philippines, Human Rights Minister Amat al-Aleem Alsoswa of Yemen and former Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek of Poland. They receive W. Averell Harriman Democracy Awards from the National Democratic Institute.

• Carlos Fernando Chamorro, editor of Nicaragua’s Confidential magazine, who discusses election coverage in Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador in a briefing sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue.

• Won-Tak Hwang, former South Korean ambassador to Germany, who joins a seminar on U.S.-Korean relations sponsored by Johns Hopkins University.

• Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, former president of Bolivia, who joins in a seminar on Latin American pension reform sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank.

• Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil, who helps inaugurate the Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World, a new initiative by the Canadian Embassy and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Wednesday

• Yuan Jian, vice president of China’s Institute of International Studies, who meets foreign-policy specialists to discuss U.S.-China relations.

• Waltraud Klasnic, governor of the Austrian province of Styria. She meets Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams, members of Congress and State Department officials.

• Tadakatsu Sano, Japan’s former vice minister for trade, who participates in a forum sponsored by the Institute for International Economics and the Japan External Trade Organization.

Thursday

• Fathi Darwish, the Palestinian executive director of the OneVoice Movement, who discusses moderate grass-roots campaigns in the Jan. 9 Palestinian elections at a forum sponsored by the American Task Force on Palestine.

• Henrikas Yushkiavitshus, a senior advisor to UNESCO and a former Soviet radio-television official, who addresses the World Press Freedom Committee.

• Juan Carlos Paiz, president of the Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations of Guatemala. He addresses the Inter-American Dialogue.

• Ton Nu Thi Ninh, vice chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly’s foreign relations committee, who speaks at the National Press Club at 3 p.m.

Friday

• Aslambek A. Aslakhanov, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin and a former member of parliament from Chechnya, and Eugeniy A. Khailov, deputy head of the anti-terrorist center of Russia’s Federal Security Bureau. They address the Nixon Center on terrorism and the conflict in Chechnya.

• A delegation from Ukraine consisting of Oleh Shamshur, deputy foreign minister; Valery Pyatnyskyi, first deputy minister for European integration and the economy; Larysa Denysenko of Transparency International; Oleksandr Sushko, director of the Center for Peace, Conversion and Foreign Policy; Vyacheslav Briukhovetsky of the National University of Kiev; Igor S. Kozii, head of the armed forces’ department of Euro-Atlantic integration; Evgheni Marchuk, former defense minister; and Lt. Gen. Anatoliy Sobora, commander of Ukrainian troops in Iraq. They participate in a forum sponsored by the New Atlantic Initiative, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Freedom House, the International Republican Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison @washingtontimes.com.

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