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The U.S. ambassador in Zimbabwe apologized to the autocratic government of President Robert Mugabe for how his foreign minister was treated as he prepared to leave New York after attending the U.N. General Assembly.

Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi was outraged that airport screeners asked him to go through security checks. Zimbabwe claimed that violated diplomatic immunity.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters last week that Ambassador DavidBruce Wharton issued an apology in a meeting with officials.

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Wednesday

• Prime Minister Enrico Letta of Italy, who meets with President Obama.

Raila Odinga, former prime minister of Kenya, who speaks at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies.

Thursday

Jan Eliasson, U.N. deputy secretary-general, who addresses the Brookings Institution.

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