- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2001

Good for business

A bipartisan foreign policy is good for business and other U.S. national goals, says the head of the international department of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"The United States cannot afford to close its doors to the world through isolationism," said Craig Johnstone, the chamber's senior vice president for international, economic and national security affairs.
Mr. Johnstone, in a recent State Department speech, said the Bush administration "must build a bipartisan foreign policy that ensures the nation's security, promotes its prosperity and advances its values abroad."
The retired diplomat, who served under Democratic and Republican presidents, also warned the new administration to avoid unilateral international actions and eliminate economic sanctions against Cuba.
"Unilateral sanctions are the result of failed foreign policy the last resort of politicians who have given up trying to actually do something about a problem and are looking only to posture," Mr. Johnstone said.
He urged President Bush to pursue policies to promote free trade in Central and South America, "strengthen democratic and free-market institutions [and] safeguard the environment and human rights."
Mr. Johnstone appealed to the new administration to "reinvigorate" the State Department by streamlining the heavily bureaucratic structure, increasing the budget and installing "cutting-edge technology."
Mr. Johnstone served as ambassador to Algeria under President Reagan and concluded his career as an assistant secretary of state for resources and policy under President Clinton.

Sir Steven Spielberg

British Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer tonight will welcome American film director Steven Spielberg into the exclusive world of British knighthood.
Mr. Meyer, acting on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, will install Mr. Spielberg as a Knight Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
The British Embassy said the director of "Saving Private Ryan" and many other blockbuster movies is being recognized for "his contribution to the entertainment industry and the British film industry over the last 25 years."

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Romanian Foreign Minister Mircea Dan Geoana, who holds a 9 a.m. news conference on Wednesday at the National Press Club to discuss Romania's goals during its chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Yegor Gaidar, former acting prime minister of Russia, who addresses invited guests at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on the political and economic condition of Russia.
Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda, who addresses invited guests at the Inter-American Dialogue.
Latvian Defense Minister Girts Kristovskis, who meets administration officials on a five-day visit.
Slovak Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda, who attends the National Prayer Breakfast and meets President Bush. He also has meetings with members of Congress.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who attends the National Prayer Breakfast and on Friday discusses reconciliation efforts between Hutus and Tutsis with invited guests at the United States Institute of Peace and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ahmad Chalabi, president of the Iraqi National Congress, the main opposition to Saddam Hussein. Mr. Chalabi addresses invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute.
El Salvadoran singing star Alvaro Torres, who joins Salvadoran Ambassador Rene A. Leon at a noon luncheon at the National Press Club to discuss the condition of Salvadoran immigrants in the United States.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who is on a private visit.
An Estonian parliamentary delegation that includes Tunne Kelam, the vice president of parliament, Mari-Ann Kelam and Sergei Ivanov. They address invited guests at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty about Estonia's efforts to rejoin Europe.

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