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Mr. Leo denounced the law as an assault against religious freedom and a threat to Pakistan’s “internal security and stability.” Mr. Leo added that the commission “extends its most sincere condolences” to Mr. Taseer’s family.


Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, who meets President Obama.

Pekka Sutela, principal adviser for monetary policy and research at the Bank of Finland, who discusses Russia’s economic forecast for 2011 in a forum at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Fouad Hikmat, an adviser on the African Union and Sudan for the International Crisis Group. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the independence referendum in southern Sudan.


Werner Hoyer, deputy foreign minister of Germany, who addresses the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on European relations with the United States.

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