- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 14, 2004

Spanish send-off

Spain’s Socialist government is trying hard to mend relations with the United States after angering Washington this spring by pulling Spanish troops out of Iraq after a terrorist attack in Madrid.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero held a “cordial and constructive” meeting last week with U.S. Ambassador George Argyros, who is ending his diplomatic tour later this month, sources told the French news agency Agence France-Presse.

The meeting followed an announcement by Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos that Spain will help evacuate U.S. citizens from the crisis-torn West African nation of Ivory Coast.

Rabin remembered

The Israeli Embassy commemorated the ninth anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by recalling his legacy as a fighter and a peacemaker.

Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, the embassy’s defense attache, said Mr. Rabin was a “soldier who helped build the state of Israel” as a commander of the Israel Defense Forces.

“At the same time, Rabin was a leader who constantly strove for peace,” Gen. Yadlin said.

Mr. Rabin was killed by an Israeli extremist who opposed the leader’s efforts to negotiate the 1993 peace accords with Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader who died Thursday.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Rashid Mohamed Rashid, Egyptian minister of foreign trade and industry, and Taher Helmy, president of the America Chamber of Commerce in Cairo. Mr. Rashid addresses the Institute for International Economics.

• Jean-Edouard Baker, head of the Haitian Association of Industries, who joins a discussion on the future of Haiti sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue.


cDelphine Djiraibe, founder of the Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights. She receives the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.


• Maj. Gen. Soedradjad of the Indonesian Department of Defense, Ambassador Sabam Siagian, director of Indonesia’s PT Bina Media Tenggara publishing house, and Hari Soesastro and Jusuf Wanandi of the Jakarta office of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. They participate in a CSIS forum on U.S.-Indonesian relations.

• Tassos Haniotis a chief aide to the European Union’s commissioner of agriculture, who participates in a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum on international trade.

• Carl Bildt, a former prime minister of Sweden, Marta Dassu, director of the Aspen Institute in Italy, Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, director of strategic affairs at the French Ministry of Defense, and Charles Grant, director of London’s Center for European Reform. They participate in a discussion on trans-Atlantic relations sponsored by the Daimler-Chrysler Forum.


• Ambassador Revaz Adamia, Georgia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, who participates in a discussion on the future of the country hosted by the W.P. Carey Forum.

• Willem Buiter, chief economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.


• Joe Clark, a former prime minister of Canada, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies on U.S.-Canadian relations during President Bush’s second term.

• Yasuhiro Nakasone, a former prime minister of Japan, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

• Farkhad Tolipov of Uzbekistan’s Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies on U.S.-Uzbek relations.

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