- The Washington Times - Monday, June 3, 2002

New Israeli envoy
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres have ended a diplomatic deadlock over the appointment of a new ambassador to the United States.
They have agreed on career diplomat Daniel Ayalon, a foreign-policy adviser to Mr. Sharon, to replace Ambassador David Ivry, who left Washington in mid-April.
Mr. Ayalon, 47, also has served as an adviser to former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak of the Labor party and Benjamin Netanyahu of Mr. Sharon's Likud bloc. Mr. Ayalon has a master's degree in business administration and is a captain in the Israeli army reserve.
Under the Israeli coalition government, Mr. Sharon and Mr. Peres had to agree on a new ambassador to the United States.

Staying in Venezuela
Roy Chaderton, a career Venezuelan diplomat, will not be coming to Washington, after all.
Mr. Chaderton, who had been preparing to serve as Venezuela's ambassador to the United States, accepted the position of foreign minister late last week.
He replaces Luis Alfonso Davila and inherits the responsibility of mending tense relations with the Bush administration, which has been critical of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Mr. Chaderton, 59, most recently served as ambassador to Colombia, which has given political asylum to Pedro Carmona, who was part of a coup that briefly overthrew Mr. Chavez in April.

Envoy to Sudan
The United States has raised its diplomatic representation in Sudan with the appointment of a career diplomat to serve as charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum.
Jeffrey Millington, a specialist on Sudanese issues, will be the highest-ranking U.S. diplomat there since Washington withdrew its embassy staff for security reasons in 1996. His position, one step below the rank of ambassador, does not require Senate approval.
Although his appointment is a signal of improving relations, Sudan remains on the U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism.

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Martti Ahtisaari, former president of Finland and chairman of the International Crisis Group (ICG). He addresses a forum on the war in Afghanistan, sponsored by the ICG and the Brookings Institution.
Brazilian Congress members Antonio Kandir of the Social Democracy Party and Aloizio Mercadante of the Brazilian Workers Party, who participate in a forum sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Croatian Prime Minister Ivica Racan and Foreign Minister Tonino Picula, who participate in a forum sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. On Friday, they hold a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club.
Macedonian Foreign Minister Slobodan Casule, who holds an 8 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club.
Hong Kong Financial Secretary Antony Leung, who meets administration officials and members of Congress. He holds a 6 p.m. news conference at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.
Andreas Kannaouros, president of the Union of Cyprus Journalists, who attends an executive committee meeting of the International Federation of Journalists.
Michael Spencer of the Deutsche Bank and Wendy Dobson of the University of Toronto, who participate in a panel on global financial-services markets, sponsored by the Institute for International Economics.
Zeng Jianhui, chairman of the foreign-affairs committee of the Chinese National People's Congress and chairman of the NPC's China-U.S. Interparliamentary Exchange Group. He holds a 4:30 p.m. news conference at the Chinese Embassy.
Slovak Defense Minister Jozef Stank, who meets Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and other defense officials.
Slovak President Rudolf Schuster, who meets President Bush at the White House. He also meets congressional leaders and lays a wreath at the Iwo Jima memorial. He will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan, who holds a 1:30 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who meets Mr. Bush at Camp David.

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