- The Washington Times - Monday, May 4, 2009

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt of Sweden, who meets Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. On Tuesday, he addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on security challenges facing the United States and Europe.

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov of Azerbaijan.

Mohan Guruswamy, chairman and founder of India’s Center for Policy Alternatives. He participates in a Heritage Foundation panel discussion on U.S.-India relations.

Gabriel Calzada of Spain’s King Juan Carlos University. He participates in a Heritage Foundation briefing called “Busting the Myth of Green Jobs.”

Tuesday

• A delegation from Afghanistan led by President Hamid Karzai with Foreign Minister Rangin Spanta, Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak, Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, Commerce and Industry Minister Wahidullah Shahrani, Agriculture Minister Mohammad Asif Rahimi, National Security Adviser Zalmay Rassoul and Director of National Intelligence Amrullah Saleh. Mr. Karzai meets President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed of the Maldives, who receives the Muslim Democrat of the Year award from the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy.

Jozefina Goba Topalli, speaker of the Albanian parliament, who addresses the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Christopher Patten, a former member of the British Parliament and Britain’s last governor of Hong Kong. He addresses the Brookings Institution on issues facing Europe, Turkey and the United States.

Theodore Pelagidis, professor of economic analysis at Greece’s University of Piraeus, who addresses the Southeast Europe Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Wednesday

President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan, who meets President Obama.

Salah al Shamsi, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who addresses the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday

Foreign Minister Franco Frattini of Italy, who addresses the annual gala of the American Jewish Committee.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia, who addresses U.S.-Russia relations at a briefing at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu of Romania, who meets members of Congress. On Friday, he meets Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak of Slovakia, who addresses the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Shoichi Itohv of Japan’s Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia, Marina Romanova of the Russian Academy of State Service, Niklas Swanstrom of Sweden’s Institute for Security and Development Policy, Zhao Huasheng of China’s Fudan University and Zhao Huirong of the China Academy of Social Sciences. They participate in a forum sponsored the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Friday

Valerie Anne Amos, a former leader of the British House of Lords. She participates in a forum on women in Africa, sponsored by Africare, the British Embassy and National Geographic.

Dr. James Hakim, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe, and Dr. Agnes Mahomva, Zimbabwe country director of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation. They address the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Hugo Beteta, a former finance minister of Guatemala, who discusses a new report on the global recession at the Inter-American Dialogue.

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