- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 4, 2007

Cobras to Pakistan

The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan praised the government’s cooperation in the fight against terrorism as he announced the delivery of eight attack helicopters that will boost Pakistan’s ability to clear out terrorist nests along its border with Afghanistan.

“These helicopters are important weapons in our common fight against terrorism,” Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker said last week. “We understand and appreciate the very real sacrifices that Pakistan is making in the war on terror. The majority of important al Qaeda arrests have occurred because of Pakistan’s cooperation.”

The delivery of the AH1-F Cobra helicopters equipped with night-fighting equipment will supplement Pakistan’s border patrols, for which 80,000 ground troops are deployed.

Mr. Crocker also last week tried to assure Pakistan that the Bush administration opposes parts of a congressional bill that would link U.S. military aid to Pakistan’s success in stopping terrorist forays into Afghanistan.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit of Egypt. He addresses the Brookings Institution on Wednesday. Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s director of intelligence, is part of his delegation.

• Pan Guang, a professor at the Shanghai Center for International Studies, who addresses the Jamestown Foundation.

• Bishop Artemije Radosavljevic of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who meets members of Congress to discuss the future of Kosovo.

Tomorrow

• Abdullah Gul, deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Turkey. He meets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and holds a 2 p.m. press conference at the National Press Club.

• Efraim Eitam, a member of Israel’s parliamentary subcommittee on foreign affairs and a former brigadier general, who meets members of Congress.

• Finance Secretary Agustin Carstens of Mexico, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• David Peleg, Israeli ambassador to Poland, and Rabbi Michael Schudrich, chief rabbi of Poland, who participate in a Georgetown University conference about Jewish and Israeli relations with Poland.

• Ghanim Al-Najjar, a professor of political science at Kuwait University, and Khalid El-Hariry, a member of the parliament of Morocco, who participate in a Carnegie Endowment forum on political reform in the Middle East.

• Andrei Grozin, head of the Institute for Diaspora and Integration in Moscow; Zhao Huasheng, director of the Center for Russian and Central Asia Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai; Dmitri Trenin, deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center; and Sun Zhuangzhi, secretary-general of the Center for Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. They participate in a Carnegie Endowment forum on Russian, Chinese and U.S. interests in Central Asia.

Wednesday

• Gernot Erler, minister of state at the German Foreign Office, who addresses the German Marshall Fund of the United States on European and U.S. diplomatic approaches to Russia.

• Turhan Comez and Orhan Ziya Diren, members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, who address the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Thursday

• Arjan Lejour of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, who discusses the trans-Atlantic financial services market in a forum at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Services.

Friday

• President Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania, who delivers the keynote address at the annual conference of the Joint Baltic American National Committee. He meets President Bush next Monday.

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

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