UPDATE - Saturday, Nov. 15 - The Obama transition office on Friday evening added Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the list of leaders who met with Ms. Albright and Mr. Leach. Mr. Rudd sat down with the Obama representatives on Thursday.
President-elect Barack Obama decided not to attend this weekend’s global economic summit in Washington, but his designated representatives have been awfully busy talking to world leaders and their surrogates on his behalf.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Republican Rep. Jim Leach met with delegations from eight countries Thursday and Friday, along with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and are scheduled to meet with seven more delegations on Saturday.
A few countries even sent their heads of state to meet with Mr. Obama’s representatives: Mexico President Felipe Calderon, South Korea President Lee Myung-Bak, and Argentina President Fernandez de Kirchner all sat down with them Friday.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to meet with the Obama team Saturday, the same day as the summit.
Here is a full list of all the delegations that have met or are meeting with Ms. Albright and Mr. Leach, as released by the Obama transition office Friday afternoon:
Thursday, November 13, 2008:
Russia: Arkady Dvorkovich, Senior Economic Advisor to the President, G8 Sherpa, and Ambassador Kislyak
India: Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Ambassador Sen (India), Ambassador Arun K. Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission
Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Friday, November 14, 2008:
Canada - Mark Cameron, Director of Priorities, Planning & Research, Office of Prime Minister Harper and other members of PM Harper’s Delegation
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
South Korea - President Lee Myung-Bak of South Korea
Mexico - President Felipe Calderon
Argentina - President Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Taiana
Germany - Christoph Heusgen, Foreign Policy and Security Advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel
Saturday, November 15, 2008:
China - State Councillor Dai Bingguo
Italy - Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta, Ambassador Gianpiero Massolo, Italian G-8 Sherpa, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Counsellor Bruno Archi, Diplomatic Advisor to Prime Minister Prodi
United Kingdom - Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Jeremy Heywood, Permanent Secretary of 10 Downing St., Stewart Wood, Senior Policy Advisor USA and European Policy and other members of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Delegation
Japan - Mr. Jun Matsumoto, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, H.E. Mr. Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States and other members of Prime Minister Taro Aso’s Office
Turkey - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
European Commission - Mr. Joao Vale de Almeida – Head of Cabinet of the President of the European Commission
France - Minister of Finance of France Ms. Christine Lagarde