- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 6, 2005

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Norway’s King Harald V and Queen Sonja, who lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and meet President Bush at a White House luncheon to celebrate 100 years of U.S.-Norwegian diplomatic relations. They are accompanied by Foreign Minister Jan Petersen. The royal couple also will visit Thomson Elementary School in Washington.

• Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who will be honored at a dinner hosted by the National Center for Policy Analysis. He holds a 1 p.m. press conference tomorrow at the National Press Club to discuss his new book, “On the Road to Democracy: The Czech Republic from Communism to Free Society.”

• Kim Won-ki, speaker of the South Korean National Assembly, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, who holds a 4:30 p.m. press conference at the National Press Club to discuss his country’s chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He meets members of Congress at 3 p.m. tomorrow in Room 192 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

• Adel al-Jubeir, foreign policy adviser to Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He holds an 11 a.m. press conference at the Saudi Embassy to discuss the kingdom’s campaign against terrorism.

• Manuel Camacho Solis of Mexico’s Democratic Revolutionary Party, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the 2006 Mexican election. He speaks tomorrow at George Washington University’s Center for Latin American Studies. Mr. Camacho is chairman of the Constitutional Reform Commission in the Mexican legislature.


• Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, who discusses Middle East developments with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley.

• Two members of the parliament of Kazakhstan, Musiraly Utebayev, chairman of the Senate Economics, Finance and Budget Committee, and Kenzhegali Sagadiyev, chairman of the Majilis (lower house) Finance and Budget Committee. They meet members of the Senate Appropriations and House Budget committees and members of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Interparliamentary Friendship Group to discuss Kazakh plans for promoting a market economy

• Ambassador Luiz Felipe de Seixas Correa, Brazil’s permanent representative to the World Trade Organization and a candidate for WTO director general. He meets with the Brazil-U.S. Business Council.


• Romanian President Traian Basescu, who meets President Bush and Secretary of State Donald H. Rumsfeld. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist hosts a congressional lunch. On Thursday, Mr. Basescu addresses the German Marshall Fund of the United States to urge support for the new democracies in Ukraine and Georgia.

• Women’s affairs ministers Massouda Jalal of Afghanistan and Narmin Othman of Iraq. They participate in a forum sponsored by the United Nations Information Center, the United Nations Foundation and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group.

• Rashid Mohammed Rashid, Egypt’s minister of trade and industry, who addresses the Institute for International Economics. He is accompanied by Taher Helmy, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cairo. Mr. Rashid will discuss the institute’s study of the benefits of a U.S.-Egyptian free-trade agreement.


• French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, who addresses guests at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies on U.S.-European security issues.


• Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasuyk, who holds a morning press conference at the National Press Club.

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