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Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who meets President Obama.

• Defense Minister Mart Laar of Estonia, who discusses cybersecurity threats in a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


• Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tang, who meets with Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durban of Illinois and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. He also addresses the Brookings Institution, the Business Roundtable and the Heritage Foundation.

• A group of civil society leaders from Central Asia: Hikmat Abdurahmanov of Uzbekistan, Kakhorjon Aminov of Tajikistan, Sarnai Galindiv of Mongolia, Dadebay Kazakov of Turkmenistan, Uluk Kydyrbaev of Kyrgyzstan, Samiullah Mahdi of Afghanistan, Khatuna Mshvidobadze of Georgia, Ramid Namazov of Azerbaijan, Bayasgalan Naranzul of Mongolia, and Jamshed Rahmonberdiev of Tajikistan. They discuss new strategies for the old Silk Road in a forum at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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