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Mr. Moss said he also delivered the tough message to the coup leader, Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

The Bush administration suspended $25 million in aid after the Aug. 6 coup.

The junta, however, appears determined to consolidate the coup. Gen. Aziz last week planned to appoint Mauritania’s ambassador to the European Union as prime minister, according to a report from the Agence France-Presse.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


Giorgi Baramidze, Georgia’s deputy prime minister and state minister for Euro-Atlantic integration. He addresses the Atlantic Council on the Russian invasion of his country and holds a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club.

Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana, who attends the screening of the film “Botswana: The President” at the World Bank’s Preston Auditorium.

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