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Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
*A delegation from Indonesia with Abdurrahman Abubakar, chairman of the Prosperous Justice Party of Gorontalo Province;Arif Noor Hartanto, chairman of the Yogyakarta City House of Representatives and a member of the National Mandate Party; Teguh Juwarno, vice secretary-general of the National Mandate Party; Tursiana Setyohapsari, chairwoman of the United Democratic Nationhood Party of West Java Province; Dewa Ayu Putu Sriwiguna Wati, deputy chairwoman of the Golkar Party of Bali Province; Esti Wijayati, a member the House of Representatives from the Special Province of Yogyakarta; Mayor Munawar Liza Zainalof Sabang City in Aceh Province and a member of the Free Aceh Movement. They meet members of Congress and foreign-policy experts on a visit organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders.
*Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies in Jerusalem, who addresses the Heritage Foundation.
*Martin Krause of the Higher School of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Buenos Aires, who participates in a Hudson Institute forum the Latin American economy.
*Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel, who addresses the annual dinner of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
*Foreign Minister Ali Babacan of Turkey, who addresses the Atlantic Council of the United States.
*Knut Vollebaek, high commissioner for national minorities for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He testifies at a hearing of the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe at 3 p.m. in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
*Adrian Bonilla, director of the Ecuador-based Latin American Faculty of Social Science;Rodrigo Pardo, editor of the Cambio newsmagazine of Colombia; and Teodoro Petkoff, editor of the Tal Cual daily newspaper in Venezuela. They discuss political conditions in their country in a forum at the Inter-American Dialogue.
*Foreign Minister Carl Bildtof Sweden, who discusses the "trans-Atlantic agenda" in a forum sponsored by the Swedish Embassy and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
*Zhanar Aitzhanova, Kazakhstan's vice minister of industry and trade, who addresses the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
*Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, former foreign minister of Ghana, who addresses the United States Institute of Peace and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
*PlamenYurukov leader of Bulgaria's Union of Democratic Forces, who holds talks with experts at the Cato Institute and the Atlantic Council of the United States.
*Ruby Gropas of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy in Athens, who addresses the Southeast Europe Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
*RetiredMaj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee of India's Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, who addresses relations between India and China in a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
*A delegation from Iraq with Tahsin Abed Azzawi of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council; Nadim Al-Jaberi of the Islamic Virtue Party; Saleh Al-Mutlaqof the National Dialogue Front; Sheik Khalaf Al-Ulayyanof the Iraqi National Dialogue Council; and Tanya Gilly Khailany of the Kurdistan Alliance. They address the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the American Friends Service Committee.
*Ahmed Herzenni, a former political prisoner whom King Muhammad VI of Morocco appointed as president of the country's Advisory Council on Human Rights. He addresses the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
*Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison @washingtontimes.com.
About the Author
James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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