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Embassy Row

- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2008

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Foreign Minister Franco Frattini of Italy, who addresses the Brookings Institution on Italy's new foreign policy under Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Vice President Ana Vilma de Escobar of El Salvador; Francisco Armando Arias, president of the American Chamber of Commerce of El Salvador; Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; Gladys Coupet, president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Haiti; Roberto Danino, former prime minister of Peru and now deputy chairman off Hochschild Mining Corp.; Christopher Paniagua, executive vice president of the People's Bank of the Dominican Republic; and Francisco Santeiro, managing director of Customs and Regulatory Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean of Federal Express. They speak at the annual convention of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America.

Tuesday

President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica, who addresses the Inter-American Peace Forum at the Organization of American States. Sen. Rosario Green, chairwoman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of Mexico, and Anna Maria Romero de Campero, executive director of the UNIR Foundation of Bolivia, also address the forum.

Alexander Bessmertnykh, Soviet foreign minister from 1990 to 1991, Yuri Dubinin, Soviet ambassador to the United States from 1986 to 1990 and deputy foreign minister of Russia from 1994 to 1996, and Vladimir Lukin, Russia's ambassador to the United States from 1992 to 1994. They join a panel discussion on U.S.-Russia relations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Ambassador Georg Witschel, director-general of the legal department of the German Foreign Ministry. He addresses the American Society of International Law on the war against terrorism.

• Retired Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland of Israel, a former adviser to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and currently a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security in Tel Aviv. He addresses the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in a forum on a Palestinian state with Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Wednesday

Defense Minister Teodor Melescanu of Romania, who meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte, Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffery, Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Ike Skelton, Missouri Democrat and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Foreign Minister Micheal Martin of Ireland.

Pierre Morel, special representative for Central Asia from the European Union. He addresses the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Thursday

President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon, who meets with President Bush.

Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, who meets with President Bush.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, who meets with President Bush.

Friday

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, who meets with President Bush.

Ali bin Tamin, chief executive officer of Kalima, a nonprofit cultural organization in Abu Dhabi. He attends a reception in his honor at the Middle East Institute and attends the National Book Festival, sponsored by Kalima and the Library of Congress, on the Mall on Saturday.

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