- The Washington Times - Monday, September 8, 2008

Nanny diplomacy

The State Department is turning to TV’s most-famous nanny to conduct some public diplomacy.

Fran Drescher, the actress with the trademark nasal voice, will become the newest U.S. diplomat Monday when Goli Ameri, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, appoints her to her new role in a 10 a.m. ceremony at the State Department.

Miss Drescher, star of the 1990s situation comedy “The Nanny” and a cancer survivor, will work with international health organizations to raise awareness of women’s health issues, among other duties, the department said.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Park Jae-kyu, former minister of unification of South Korea, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on the prospects of relations between North and South Korea and between North Korean and the United States.

K.C. Kwok, the Hong Kong government’s top economist, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on China’s economic potential.

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, the Egyptian human rights activist convicted of defaming the Egyptian government. He addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Tuesday

Tsai Ing-wen, leader of Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. She addresses the Heritage Foundation about the presidency of Ma Ying-jeou.

Edouard Balladur, a former prime minister of France, who holds a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club to discuss his plans for a stronger union between the United States and Europe.

Wednesday

David Bakradze, speaker of the Parliament of Georgia and former foreign minister. He testifies before the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe about the continued Russian occupation of parts of his country in a 1:30 p.m. hearing in Room 2325 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

• A delegation from the British Parliament with Conservatives Richard Bacon, Mark Hoban and Mark Pritchard; and Labor Party members Mary Creagh, Angela Smith and Phil Wilson. They meet members of Congress in a program hosted by the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and the Meridian International Center.

Genaro Arriagada, former minister of the presidency of Chile; Ana Mercedes Botero, director of the foreign relations office of the Venezuela-based Andean Development Corp.; Mauricio Cardenas, former minister for economic development of Colombia; Enrique Garcia, president of the Andean Development Corp.; Diego Garcia-Sayan, director-general of the Peruvian-based Andean Commission of Jurists; Rafael Pardo, former defense minister and former senator of Colombia; Santos Ramirez, president of Fiscal Oil Deposits of Bolivia; Miguel Rodriguez, former economics minister and former president of the Central Bank of Venezuela; and Ana Maria Sanjuan, director of the Center for Peace and Human Rights at the Central University of Venezuela. They address the two-day annual Conference on Trade and Development in the Americas at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Tommy Koh, Singapore’s ambassador to the United Nations; Han Sung-joo, a former South Korean ambassador to the United States; and C. Raja Mohan, a former member of India’s National Security Advisory Board. They hold a 9 a.m. briefing at the National Press Club on America’s role in Asia.

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

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