- The Washington Times - Monday, March 2, 2009

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Defense Minister Herve Morin of France, who meets with National Security Adviser James L. Jones and awards the French Legion of Honor to Gen. Frances C. Wilson, president of the National Defense University; and Mortimer Caplin and James Fletcher, two American veterans of World War II. On Tuesday, Mr. Morin meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, President Obama’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican. He holds a 1:15 p.m. press conference at the Pentagon.

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, a federal councilor of Switzerland and director of the Federal Department of Justice and Police. She meets with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to discuss Swiss-U.S. cooperation in tracking the financing of terrorism and organized crime.

Tuesday

Nick Banatvala, director of global affairs at the British Department of Health, and Robin Niblett, director of Britain’s Royal Institute of International Affairs. They discuss Britain’s global health priorities in a briefing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Navroz K. Dubash of the Center for the Study of Law and Governance at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University. He will discuss climate change in India at a briefing at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Shafqat Mahmood, a former Pakistani government official and now a leading columnist for the newspaper the News. He discusses challenges facing Pakistan in a briefing at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Wednesday

Yvo de Boer of the Netherlands, executive-secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change; Connie Hedegaard, Denmark’s minister for climate and energy; and Ambassador Janusz Reiter, Poland’s special envoy for climate change. They discuss preparations for a major climate conference in Denmark in December at a briefing hosted by the Brookings Institution.

Spyridon Kouvelis, a member of the Greek parliament in charge of the Environment Sector of the Policy Coordination Body for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement. He addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Jurgen Chrobog, a former German ambassador to the United States; Alexander Smith, joint director general of the International Fund for Ireland; and Ziad Abu Zayyad, a former minister of the Palestinian Authority and now co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal. They participate in a summit sponsored by the Alliance for Middle East Peace.

Thursday

Rhodri Morgan, first minister of the National Assembly for Wales, who attends a reception hosted by British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald to celebrate Wales Week and prepare for the Welsh exhibition at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Eka Tkeshelashvili, national security adviser to President Mikhail Saakashvili of the Republic of Georgia. She holds a 10 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club.

Pascal Kambale of the Kenyan Commission of Inquiry on Post-Election Violence; Maina Kiai, former head of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights; Salim Lone, an adviser to Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga; and Ben Rawlence, a Kenya researcher for Human Rights Watch. They address the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Friday

Volker Ruhe, a former defense minister of Germany, who joins Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Carter, to discuss Ukraine in a briefing hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid of Saudi Arabia, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund. She addresses an International Women’s Day luncheon sponsored by the United Nations Foundation.

• Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail James Morrison

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