- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 5, 2004

Greek revival

Congressional foreign-policy leaders congratulated Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis for the success of the Olympics.

“History will record these games as among the greatest, if not the greatest, of all time,” said a letter signed by Republicans Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana and Rep. Henry J. Hyde of Illinois, chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House International Relations Committee, respectively, and by Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware and Rep. Tom Lantos of California, the senior Democrats on those committees.

“Greece demonstrated an extraordinary ability to handle over 10,000 athletes from 202 countries and hundreds of thousands of spectators and journalists and did so efficiently, securely and with your famous Greek hospitality.”

Diplomatic briefing

Some foreign diplomats complained privately that former President George Bush did nothing but talk about his son, the current president, during an exclusive briefing at the Republican National Convention in New York.

They told United Press International that a briefing by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was more interesting because he criticized some elements of the current President Bush’s foreign policy.

“Kissinger was quite outspoken and told us where the administration’s foreign policy had gone wrong,” one diplomat said.

Some diplomats also were disappointed when they learned they could not get into Madison Square Garden because of limited seating and had to watch the convention from a hotel.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• George Gomiashvili, deputy foreign minister of Georgia. He meets State Department officials and addresses the Carnegie Foundation and the Jamestown Foundation.

• A parliamentary delegation from India comprising B.J. Panda, Rajeev Shukla, Vijay Mallya, Manvendra Singh, Sachin Pilot, Jitin Prasada and Milind Deora. The visit is sponsored by the Indo-U.S. Parliamentary Forum and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


• Sadiq al Mahdi, former prime minister of Sudan and now leader of Sudan’s Umma Party. He meets members of Congress and administration officials.


cJorge Fernando Quiroga, former president of Bolivia; Mauricio Yepez, finance minister of Ecuador; Ivonne A-Baki, trade minister of Ecuador; Jaime Quijandria, energy minister of Peru; Horst Grebe, development minister of Bolivia; and Allan Wagner, secretary-general of the Andean Community. They attend an annual conference on trade and investment in the Americas.

• Roque Fernandez and Pablo Guidotti, Argentina’s former finance minister and former vice minister of finance, respectively; Claudio R. Contador, managing director of the National Insurance Foundation of Brazil; Roberto Zahler, former president of the Central Bank of Chile; Miguel Mancera, former governor of the Bank of Mexico; Guillermo O. Chapman Jr., Panama’s former minister of economics; Ernesto Talvi, former chief economist of the Central Bank of Uruguay; Liliana Rojas-Suarez of Peru, the Deutsche Bank’s former chief economist for Latin America; and Ricardo Hausmann, former chief economist for the Inter-American Development Bank and former planning minister of Venezuela. They attend a forum on financing small and medium-size businesses in Latin America at the Center for Global Development.


• Karien van Gennip, Dutch foreign-trade minister. She addresses a forum sponsored by the European Union and the Washington International Trade Association.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison @washingtontimes.com.

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