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Mr. Burian dismissed foreign policy analysts who say the United States should concentrate on Asia and leave the Europeans to themselves.

“That kind of division of labor will lead to diminished influence,” he said.

Mr. Burian’s diplomatic career has mirrored the international rise of his country. At the birth of his nation in 1993, Mr. Burian was sent to Washington as the second in charge of the Slovak Embassy.

In 1999, he was appointed Slovakia’s ambassador to NATO, even though Slovak membership was still five years away. He was ambassador to the United Nations from 2004 to 2008, when he was sent back to Washington as ambassador to the United States.

Mr. Burian, now 53, became the deputy foreign minister in April.

And just before he left Washington for U.N. meetings in New York, he recovered his lost luggage.

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Michael Moore, a member of the British Parliament and secretary of state for Scotland. He addresses the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University.

Wednesday

Foreign Minister Guilio Terzi di Sant’Agata of Italy, who holds an 8:30 a.m. news conference at the National Gallery of Art to dedicate a yearlong celebration of Italian culture that features the display of Michelangelo’s sculpture “David-Appollo,” last seen in Washington during the Truman administration. The foreign minister holds a 4:30 p.m. news conference at the Italian Embassy to present the book about the embassy, “Il Palazzo sul Potomac” (“The Palace on the Potomac”) by Gaetano Cortese, a former Italian ambassador.

Jean-Francois Lisee, Quebec’s minister for international relations, who holds a 4 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club.

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