- The Washington Times - Monday, June 10, 2002

Foreign minister Lodhi?
Could Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, be the next Pakistani foreign minister? That is the speculation in some diplomatic circles, according to UPI Hears, the political gossip column of United Press International.
"It seems that Lodhi is front-runner to become foreign minister following the surprise resignation of Abdul Sattar, 72, who is claiming ill health and exhaustion from too many late nights in the current Indo-Pakistan crisis," UPI says.
Miss Lodhi had no comment, and a Pakistani Embassy spokesman called it "pure speculation." Miss Lodhi, who was a prominent Pakistani journalist before she became a diplomat, is just as likely to return to the newspaper business when she finishes her term as ambassador.

New ambassadors
President Bush has announced the selection of three career diplomats to serve as new ambassadors.
James Irvin Gadsden has been named ambassador to Ireland. He is the special negotiator for agricultural biotechnology in the State Department's Bureau for Economic and Business Affairs.
John R. Hamilton, ambassador to Peru, will move on to Guatemala, and Larry Leon Palmer, charge d'affaires in Ecuador, will become ambassador to Honduras.

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, Danish Deputy Prime Minister Bendt Bendtsen, El Salvadoran President Francisco Flores, Finnish Deputy Prime Minister Ville Itala, Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, Honduran President Ricardo Maduro, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando. They attend a conference of the center-right International Democratic Union.
Kamal Mitra Chenoy of India's Jawaharlal Nehru University, who discusses Hindu-Muslim violence at a hearing of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Gunter Mulack, the German Foreign Office's commissioner for Islamic affairs, who addresses the Middle East Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, who meets with Vice President Richard B. Cheney, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and congressional leaders. He also holds a 9 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club.
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando, who meets Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
cKostas Karamanlis, leader of the Greek opposition and president of the New Democracy Party, who meets Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and members of Congress.
Nicos Anastasiades, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Cyprus House of Representatives, who meets Rep. Henry J. Hyde, chairman of the House International Relations Committee; Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and other members of Congress. He also will meet Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky and Daniel Fried of the National Security Council. He is accompanied by committee members Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Markus Kyprianou and George Varnava.
Education ministers Christine Churcher of Ghana and Ann-Therese Ndong-Jatta of Gambia, and Amina Ibrahim, Nigeria's education coordinator. They participate in a forum sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.
Nasreen Mustafa Sideek, minister for reconstruction and development for the Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq. She addresses the Middle East Institute.
Etibar Mamedov, chairman of Azerbaijan's National Independence Party, who addresses the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who addresses a joint session of Congress.
Boris Nemtsov, leader of the Union of Right Forces in the Russian legislature, who holds a 10 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club.
George Chicoti, Angola's vice minister of foreign affairs; Lukamba Paulo Gato, chairman of the management committee of the Union for the Total Independence of Angola; and the Rev. Daniel Ntoni-Nzinga, executive secretary of the Inter-Ecclesiastical Committee for Peace in Angola. They testify at a 2 p.m. hearing of the House International Relations' Africa subcommittee in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

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