- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 11, 2007

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• President Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania, who meets with President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. He also meets with members of Congress and leaders of the local Baltic-American community. Tomorrow he holds a 10 a.m. press conference at the National Press Club.

• Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, who discusses democracy in the Western Hemisphere at a dinner sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives and the Center for Association Leadership.

Tomorrow

• Vice President Eduardo Stein of Guatemala, who addresses the Inter-American Dialogue. He is accompanied by Interior Minister Carlos Vielmann.

• Peter Hain, Britain’s secretary of state for Northern Ireland.

• Salah al-Bandar, secretary-general of the London-based Gulf Center for Democratic Development, and Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. They participate in a panel discussion on political reforms in Bahrain at the American Enterprise Institute.

• Paulo Vieira da Cunha of the Brazilian Central Bank, who discusses Brazil’s economy in a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• Soli Ozel, a political science professor at Turkey’s Bilgi University, who participates in a panel discussion on developments in Turkey in a forum at the Brookings Institution.

Wednesday

• Erastus Mwencha, secretary-general of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa; Ajay Vashee, president of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions; and Philip Kiriro, president of the East African Farmers’ Federation. They speak at a forum sponsored by the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Thursday

• President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, who addresses the Liberia Private Sector Investment Forum, hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa. Friday, she speaks at 11:30 a.m. at a luncheon at the National Press Club. She is accompanied by Richard Tolbert, chairman of the National Investment Commission; Antoinette Sayeh, minister of finance; Olubanke King-Akerele, minister of commerce; Eugene Shannon, minister of lands, mines and energy; Luseni Dunzo, acting minister of public works; Christopher Toe, minister of agriculture; and Jeremiah Sulunteh, minister of transportation.

• Fernando Jimenez, former governor of Spain’s Basque country. He participates in a panel on international terrorism at a forum sponsored by the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, George Washington University, the Hudson Institute and the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies.

• Arthur Baghdasaryan, founder and chairman of Armenia’s Rule of Law Party and former president of the Armenian National Assembly. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• A delegation from Brazil consisting of Roberto Carvalho de Azevedo, undersecretary for economic and technological affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Relations; Roberto Gianetti da Fonseca, director of international relations and foreign trade at the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo; Fernando de Magalhaes Furlan, director of the Trade Remedies Department; and Claudia Marques of the Veirano Advogados law firm. They speak at the Third International Trade Symposium at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Friday

• Arthur Cockfield of Canada’s Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and Alberto Szekely, career ambassador and adviser to Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They discuss proposals for a North American legal system in a forum sponsored by the American Society of International Law.

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

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