- The Washington Times - Monday, April 21, 2008

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

Agriculture Minister Ismael Benavides of Peru, who meets with officials of the Department of Agriculture and the Inter-American Development Bank to discuss implementation of the U.S.-Peru free-trade agreement. He also opens an exhibit by French photographer Jean-Louis Gonterre at the Peruvian Embassy.

• A delegation from Australia with Damian Callachor, president of the Young Nationals of the Australian National Party; Kristian Galanti, research assistant with the Federal Secretariat of the Liberal Party; Ashley Hogan, staff member of the federal Office of the Special Minister of State; Mark Nelson, senior adviser to the chief minister of the Northern Territory; Brian Tee, parliamentary secretary for justice and a member of the Parliament of Victoria; Rhys Turner, adviser to Malcolm Turnbull, a member of the federal parliament; Heidi Victoria, a member of the Parliament of Victoria; and Rebecca White, an aide to Duncan Kerr, a member of the Australian parliament. They meet Reps. Diana DeGette, Colorado Democrat; Deborah Pryce, Ohio Republican; and Ed Royce, California Republican, and administration officials on a tour sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders.

Ambassador Mithat Balkan, Turkey’s former energy coordinator at the Foreign Ministry. He addresses the Jamestown Foundation on Turkey’s role as an “energy bridge” from Asia to Europe.

James Pimundu, program director of the Christian Children’s Fund in Uganda. He participates in a panel discussion on malaria in Africa at the Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins University.

Hatem Al-Shanfari, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at the College of Commerce and Economics of Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, who addresses the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center at Georgetown University.

Bobby Bedi, a filmmaker from India whose credits include the “Bandit Queen.” He discusses the threat of intellectual piracy in India’s entertainment industry in a 5:30 p.m. panel discussion hosted by George Washington University in the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Tomorrow

Foreign Minister David Bakradze of the republic of Georgia, who addresses the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University about Russian recognition of separatist rebel movements in his country.

Paul Lendvai, co-publisher and editor in chief of the European Review, a quarterly publication on East-West relations based in Vienna, Austria. He attends a reception hosted by Austrian Ambassador Eva Nowotny and Hungarian Ambassador Ferenc Somogyi to promote his new book, “One Day That Shook the Communist World: The 1956 Hungarian Uprising and Its Legacy.”

Wednesday

Thomas Gomart of the French Institute of International Relations and Eberhard Sandschneider of the German Council on Foreign Relations. They participate in a panel discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations on “America, Europe and the World.”

Friday

President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia, who holds a 10 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club on the recent NATO summit, U.S.-Latvia relations and the U.S. visa-waiver program.

Mohammed Ehsan Zia, Afghanistan’s minister of rural rehabilitation and development, who addresses the Afghanistan Working Group of the United States Institute of Peace.

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