- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 3, 2005

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, who meets President Bush. He also addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, speaks at Georgetown University and receives the university’s President’s Medal. On Wednesday, he addresses a joint session of Congress and lays wreaths at the monument of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko and the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery.

• A delegation from the Scottish Parliament that includes Patricia Ferguson, minister of tourism, and George Reid, the parliamentary presiding officer. They are here to help open a week of Scottish-American festivities as part of National Tartan Day. Tom McCabe, minister of finance and public service reform, arrives Wednesday and meets members of Congress who sponsored the Tartan Day resolution in the House and representatives from the National Conference of State Legislatures. On Thursday, Mr. McCabe meets with World Bank officials.

• Bishop Grigorije, a member of the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church; Bishop Teodosije, a member of the Church Council for Kosovo, and Hieromonk Irinej Dobrijevic, a consultant to the Holy Synod of Bishops. They discuss the status of the Serbian minority and the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo with invited guests of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• Mother Agapia Stephanopoulos, administrator of the Orthodox School of Bethany and the Russian Orthodox Convent of St. Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. She holds a noon press conference at the National Press Club to discuss what she calls “the plight of Christians in the Holy Land.”

Tomorrow

• A local government delegation from Ukraine that includes Vyacheslav Kozak of the Association of Ukrainian Cities and Counties; Valentyna Kukoba, deputy budget director for the city of Komsomolsk; Tetyana Neilenko, finance director for the city of Kremenchuk, and Vladyslav Stemkovskyy, director of the nongovernmental organization Nasha Sprava. They address invited guests at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

• Emma Bonino, a member of the European Parliament, who discusses women promoting democracy in the Arab world, with invited guests at the New Atlantic Initiative.

• Danny Seidemann, an Israeli lawyer and specialist on Jerusalem city operations. He joins a forum sponsored by Americans for Peace Now, the American Task Force on Palestine and the Foundation for Middle East Peace at noon in room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

• Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, who addresses invited guests at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Wednesday

• Osvaldo Hurtado, former president of Ecuador, who addresses invited guests at the Inter-America Dialogue on the need for political reform in Latin America.

• Richard Monk, director of strategic police matters and senior police adviser to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He addresses the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Thursday

• President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar, who signs a U.S. Millennium Challenge Corp. agreement to provide $110 million over four years to help reduce poverty. On Friday, he discusses efforts to rid his Indian Ocean nation of poverty with invited guests at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Friday

• Gary Doer, premier of the Canadian province of Manitoba, who meets with representatives of the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Canadian-American Business Council and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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

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