- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen of the Netherlands, who meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and members of Congress. On Tuesday, he meets with Dennis Ross, an adviser to Mrs. Clinton on the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia issues.

Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou of Cyprus, who meets with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss progress on talks to reunify the island nation.

Mohammad Karim Khalili, second vice president of Afghanistan, who meets with senior U.S. officials.

Jacques Andreani, a former French ambassador to the United States; Edouard Guillaud, chief of staff of the military Cabinet of the president of France; and Dominique Moisi, founder and senior adviser to the French Institute for International Relations. They discuss U.S.-France relations in a forum at the Meridian International Center.

Octavio Garcia-Von Borstel, mayor of Nogales, Mexico; Jennifer Fox, assistant vice president of the Ontario Trucking Association in Canada; Louis Fuentes, mayor of Calexico, Mexico; members of the Canadian Parliament Brian Masse, Wilfred P. Moore and Bev Shipley; and Stephen Rigby, president of the Canada Border Services Agency. They address the annual conference of the Border Trade Alliance.

• Russian dissident Lyudmila Alekseyeva, and Dmitry Makarov and Andrey Yurov of the Russian Youth Human Rights Movement. They address Freedom House.

Tuesday

King Abdullah II of Jordan, who meets with President Obama and addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal and Central Bank Governor Abdul Qadeer Fitrat of Afghanistan. They attend meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Wednesday

Motassem Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Libya’s national security adviser.

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a member of the European Parliament from the German Free Democratic Party. He addresses the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on President Obama’s recent visit to Europe.

Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria, and the Most Rev. John Onaiyekan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria. They discuss religious violence in Nigeria at a hearing of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, who addresses the Global Philanthropy Forum’s annual conference.

Thursday

Shah Karim al-Hussayni, the Aga Khan IV, who addresses the Global Philanthropy Forum’s annual conference.

Sarah Ferguson, Britain’s duchess of York, who receives an award at the Gondobay Manga Foundation’s inaugural gala. The foundation benefits the people of Sierra Leone.

Friday

President-elect Mauricio Funes of El Salvador and President Fernando Lugo Mendez of Paraguay, who participate in a forum sponsored by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on Latin America and the global economic crisis.

Alexei L. Kudrin, deputy prime minister and minister of finance of the Russian Federation, who addresses the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Finance Minister Einars Repse of Latvia, who holds a 2 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club.

Finance Minister Agustin Carstens of Mexico; Central Bank Governor Jose de Gregorio of Chile; and Finance Minister Oscar Zuluaga of Colombia. They participate in a World Bank forum on Latin America.

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