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Embassy Row

- The Washington Times - Monday, June 16, 2008

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

*Herman von Hebel of the Netherlands, the registrar for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He addresses the U.S. Institute oªºf Peace on the court's efforts to try war-crimes suspects from the conflict in the West African nation.

*A delegation from the Philippines withAlfonso Rafols Damalerio II, a member of the provincial board in Bohol; Dorothy Ancheta Delarmente, a City Council member from Quezon City; Lynette Canoneo Geonzon, a municipal council member from Minglanilla; Melissa Ann Huenefeld Hilario, a municipal council member from Santo Domingo; Andres David Lacson, vice mayor of Concepcion; Eduardo Rama, a City Council member from Cebu City; Dennis Domingo San Diego, a City Council member from Malolos; Ellen Grace Narciso Subere, a City Council member from Koronadal; and Alfonso Lago Tabas Jr., a municipal council member from Nabunturan. They meet members of Congress and administration officials on a tour sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders.

*Bilquees Dawood and Nasria Pashtun, students from the American University of Afghanistan, who attend a benefit for the university sponsored byAfghan Ambassador Said T. Jawad.

*Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, who addresses the New America Foundation at 12:30 p.m. in Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Tuesday

*Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

*Osama bin Mohammed al-Kurdi, a member of Saudi Arabia's Consultative Council and former secretary-general of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce. He addresses the Middle East Institute on political developments in the kingdom.

*Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev of Bulgaria, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

*Andrew McGregor of Canada's Aberfoyle International Security, who addresses the Jamestown Foundation on Turkey's arms industry.

*Chaw-hsia Tu of the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research in Taiwan, who joins a panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research on Taiwan's economic future.

Wednesday

*Wang Qishan, vice prime minister of China, who addresses more than 500 guests at a dinner hosted by the U.S.-China Business Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Thursday

*Theodore Skylakakis, secretary-general for international economic relations and development cooperation in the Greek Foreign Ministry. He leads a delegation that includesJohn Coustas, president and chief executive officer of the Danaos Corp.; George Constantelis, managing director of Bristol-Myers Squibb in Greece, Malta and Cyprus; and Alexandros Manos, managing director of the Piraeus Bank in Athens. They meet with U.S. counterparts at a meeting of the Economic and Commercial Cooperation Commission.

*Bill Emmott, former editor of London's Economist magazine, who addresses the Asia Society on the power struggle among China, India and Japan.

*Ali Ansari, director of the Institute of Iranian Studies at Scotland's University of St. Andrews, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

*Eliza Musaeva, former director of Memorials Chechnya office; Magomed Mutsolgov, director of the Ingush Human Rights Organization in Russia's North Caucasus region; and Gregory Shvedov, editor of the Russian Web publication "Caucasian Knot." They testify before the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe at 1 p.m. in Room B-318 in the Rayburn House Office Building.

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