- The Washington Times - Monday, March 6, 2000

'We will survive'

Mozambique Ambassador Marcus Nomoshulua is starting to think about the vast reconstruction his country will need after the floodwaters recede.
With international aid now pouring into Mozambique to help the 2 million flood victims, Mr. Nomoshulua wants the world to know its help will be crucial to rebuild the southern African nation.
"With the help of the international community, we'll be in a position to reconstruct our [country]," he said last week on the Fox Morning News.
Mr. Nomoshulua said he has faith in his people.
"It's a long way to go, but we know that the Mozambican people are in a position to survive," he said.
"We survived the 10 years of armed struggle against the Portuguese, the 16 years of the war of destabilization. And we know how to survive, and we will continue to survive."
"But we know that we cannot do it alone. That's why we can always count on … the help of the American friends."

Mubarak's visit

The United State and Egypt are making preparations for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to visit Washington, according to U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer.
Mr. Kurtzer told reporters in Cairo last week that Mr. Mubarak will travel to the United States later this month. He did not give further details, but Foreign Minister Amr Moussa was already scheduled to be in Washington during the week of March 19-26.
"The U.S.-Egyptian dialogue contributes greatly to bringing different viewpoints closer together and finding joint solutions to problems such as that of Libya last year or Sudan now," Mr. Kurtzer told the government newspaper Al-Akhbar Friday.
He also announced at a news conference that the United States will increase military aid to Egypt by $25 million. The United States currently gives Egypt $1.3 billion in military aid and $735 million in economic assistance a year.

The late Arthur Davis

Ambassador Arthur Davis was delayed getting to a breakfast meeting last week with dozens of other ambassadors and diplomats.
Mr. Davis U.S. ambassador to Paraguay during the regime of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner and to Peru when Gen. Manuel Noriega was in power was apologetic.
"The older I get, the later I get," said the 83-year-old retired diplomat.
"I'm beginning to be known as the late Arthur Davis."

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
* Ziad Abu-Zayyad of the Palestinian Authority and Ruth Klinov of Hebrew University who discuss Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in a forum sponsored by Americans for Peace Now at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
* Martin Cauchon, Canadian minister of national revenue, who meets counterparts at the Treasury, Commerce and State departments to discuss Canada's efforts to increase border security and public safety.
* Erkki Liikanen, the European Union's commissioner for enterprise and information, who visits the European-American Business Council.
* Indulis Berzins, minister of foreign affairs of Latvia, and Vytautas Landsbergis, chairman of the Lithuanian parliament. They address guests at a dinner hosted by the International Monetary Fund. Mr. Landsbergis also addresses the Council on Foreign Relations on Thursday.
* Brazilian Foreign Minister Juan Esteban Aguirre, who meets administration officials this week.
* Jan Figel, state secretary in the Slovak Foreign Ministry, who is in charge of integrating the Slovak Republic into NATO and the European Union. He meets State and Treasury department officials and members of Congress and addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the European Institute and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
* Estonian Defense Minister Juri Luik, who discusses Estonia's road toward NATO with invited guests at Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty.

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