The Washington Times - November 27, 2007, 10:40AM
UPDATE/ 3:50 p.m. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad SEE RELATED:

\ Mr. Mekdad shrugged, put out his hands at waist level, and said, “Hopeful.”\


U.S. Naval Academy

\ Representatives from each country are seated in a horseshoe-shaped arrangement inside the large and historic Memorial Hall, facing a stage and lectern at the open end of the horseshoe. The countries are seated in alphabetical order, with the Arab League seated to the left of the stage, if you are facing the stage.\ \ \ For some reason, the one exception to the alphabetical listing is Portugal, which is at the end, on the right of the stage. Special thanks to Mike Abramowitz of the Post, who jotted these down before Secret Service restricted movement around the room.\ \ \ Left side:\ \ Arab League\ Algeria\ Austria\ Bahrain\ Brazil\ Canada\ China\ Denmark\ Egypt\ France\ Germany\ Greece\ India\ Indonesia\ Italy\ \ Closed end of horseshoe:\ Japan\ Jordan\ Lebanon\ Malaysia\ Mauritania\ Morocco\ Norway\ Oman\ Pakistan\ Poland\ Quatar\ \ Right side:\ Saudi Arabia\ Senegal\ Slovenia\ South Africa\ Spain\ Sudan\ Sweden\ Syria\ Tunisia\ Turkey\ UAE\ U.K.\ Yemen\ Portugal\ \ \ — Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times