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President Obama last week nominated Mrs. Patterson to serve as ambassador to Egypt, replacing Ambassador Margaret Scobey, who has served in Cairo since March 2008. The nomination requires Senate approval.

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Tuesday

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who addresses a joint session of Congress.

Wednesday

• Pepe Eliaschev, lead investigative journalist for the Perfil newspaper of Buenos Aires and a noted radio reporter and TV anchorman in Argentina; and Samuel Feldberg, senior research scholar of Holocaust and Antisemitism Studies at the University of Sao Paolo. They participate in a panel discussion on why Latin American nations are recognizing the Palestinian territories as an independent nation.

Thursday

• Egidijus Meilunas, deputy foreign minister of Lithuania, who holds a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club to discuss plans for a high-level meeting in Vilnius next month on pro-democracy movements.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297 or email jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.