- The Washington Times - Monday, February 3, 2003

Pakistan's success
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri says he is confident after meetings in Washington last week that Pakistani citizens will not face mass deportation under tightened anti-terrorist immigration rules.
Mr. Kasuri also expressed satisfaction that he met President Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Homeland Defense Secretary Tom Ridge and Attorney General John Ashcroft.
"That in itself is an indication they attach the highest importance to relations with Pakistan," Mr. Kasuri told editors and reporters at The Washington Times on Friday.
He said that he believes Washington has a better understanding of the sensitivity of the new immigration rules, which require males ages 16 and above from Pakistan and 24 other predominantly Muslim countries to register and be photographed and fingerprinted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The Pakistani Embassy has been urging its nationals to comply with the new rules, but it also is pressing the administration not to deport its citizens for minor violations of immigration law.
"A scare is being created" by Gen. Musharraf's opponents in Pakistan, Mr. Kasuri said.
"This is an inflammable issue. God forbid there should be deportations," he said.
Mr. Kasuri also called for more U.S. investment in Pakistan. Pakistan was granted $180 million in access to U.S. markets.
Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
South Korean member of parliament Chyung Dai-chul, who will meet with senior Bush administration officials to explain the policies of President-elect Roh Moo-hyun.
Bahrain's King Hamad, who meets President Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld this week.
Margaret Becket, Britain's secretary of state for agriculture and environment, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Belgium's minister of state for foreign affairs, who addresses the Washington International Trade Association.
Romanian Foreign Minister Mircea Geoana, who meets administration officials and addresses the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Latvian Foreign Minister Sandra Kalniete, who meets Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, officials at the National Security Council and members of Congress.
Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal, who meets administration officials and addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
An Egyptian delegation that includes International Trade Minister Youssef Boutrous-Ghali, presidential adviser Osama Baz and Gamal Mubarak, chairman of the policy planning committee of the National Democratic Party.
Andreas Loverdos, Greece's deputy foreign minister for trade relations. He meets Alan Larson, undersecretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs, and Andrew Natsios, administrator of the Agency for International Development.
European Union Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler, who holds a news conference at the National Press Club at 2 p.m.
Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller, who meets President Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney and Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, who meets Vice President Richard B. Cheney and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
Jordi Pujol, president of the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia, who addresses the Inter-American Development Bank.
Pierre Pettigrew, Canada's intentional trade minister, who leads a delegation to celebrate U.S.-Canada Partnership Day.
Vadim Razumovsky, director of Applied International Research of Moscow, deputy director Yury Fedorov and Col. Gen. Victor Yesin, former head of the military department of the Russian Security Council. They address the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Viktor Yuschenko, former prime minister of Ukraine, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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