- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Martin Bursik, deputy prime minister and environment minister of the Czech Republic who is serving as president of the European Union’s Environment Council; Andreas Carlgren, environment minister of Sweden; and Stavros Dimas, environment commissioner of the European Union. They meet with Carol Browner, President Obama’s assistant for energy and climate change; Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Todd Stern, a special U.S. envoy on climate change.

Gerry Adams, president of the Irish political party Sinn Fein, who holds a 10 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club.

Jacques Barrot, vice president of the European Commission for Justice, Freedom and Security; and Ivan Langer, interior minister of the Czech Republic. They meet Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. They hold a 5 p.m. news conference at the office of the Delegation of the European Commission.

Mohammed Kamal, a member of Egypt’s People’s Assembly and secretary of political education and training of the National Democratic Party, and Mona Zulficar, a member of Egypt’s National Council on Human Rights and of the advisory committee to the U.N. Human Rights Council. They discuss U.S.-Egypt relations under the Obama administration, in a forum at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Ms. Zulficar also addresses the Women’s Foreign Policy Group.

Dr. Peter Mugyenyi, founding director of the Joint Clinical Research Center in Kampala, Uganda. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies about HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Tuesday

Prime Minister Brian Cowen of Ireland, who meets President Obama on the traditional St. Patrick’s Day visit.

Karl-Theodor Zu Guttenberg, Germany’s federal minister of economics and technology, who meets Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick and congressional leaders. He also addresses the Peterson Institute on International Economics.

Omar Salazar Alvarado, executive director of Association of Labor Promotion Services, the leading labor rights organization in Central America; Francisco Ramirez Cuellar, a human rights lawyer in Colombia and president of Colombia’s coal miners’ union; and Patricia Juan Pineda, general counsel for Mexico’s independent union, the Authentic Workers’ Front. They discuss North American and Central American free-trade deals in a forum hosted by the Global Policy Network.

Wednesday

Peter Kent, Canada’s minister of state for the Americas, who discusses Canadian policies for Latin American and the Caribbean in a briefing at the Inter-American Dialogue.

Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission. He addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Richard Dowden, director of Britain’s Royal African Society, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Affairs.

Thursday

Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa; Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union; Gilberto Gil, a former minister of culture of Brazil; and Paul Rusesabagina, former assistant manager of Mille Collines hotel in Rwanda and the inspiration of the movie “Hotel Rwanda.” They will participate in the inauguration of the Americas Business Council, a nonprofit forum to promote business and human rights, at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Ahmed Herzenni, president of Morocco’s Advisory Council on Human Rights, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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

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