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In another diplomatic development, the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq arrived in Baghdad last week.

Ambassador Stephen Beecroft presented his diplomatic credentials to President Jalal Talabani and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Thursday.

Mr. Beecroft was President Obama’s second choice to fill the position, after his initial nominee, Brett McGurk, withdrew his name after the revelation of racy emails he sent to former Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon when both were serving in Iraq on earlier assignments. They now are married.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi of Hungary, who delivers the keynote speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace on the 56th anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in Hungary in 1956. On Friday, he addresses the Council on Foreign Relations.

• Efraim Halevy, former director of the Israeli secret service Mossad, and of the Israeli National Security Council. He addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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