- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 29, 2005

Rip-roaring ride

The ambassador of Cyprus was in hog heaven atop his Harley-Davidson as he joined thousands of other motorcycle riders yesterday in the annual Rolling Thunder tribute to America’s veterans, missing-in-action and prisoners of war.

Ambassador Euripides L. Evriviades speaks lyrically about his Road King Classic 100th anniversary model.

“Harley-Davidson is one of the best pieces of art and music that America has ever created,” he said. “When you ‘rev up,’ you can hear Beethoven.”

The easy-riding diplomat, who insists on being called Euripides instead of Mr. Ambassador, has even picked up a motorcycle nickname.

“At the Fairfax Harley-Davidson Club, they don’t call me Euripides,” he said. “They call me Rip.”

Relatively speaking

German Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger and other diplomats paid special tribute to Albert Einstein this month to mark the 100th anniversary of the year in which the German-born physicist revolutionized science.

Mr. Ischinger, opening a seminar at the German Embassy, called Einstein a role model for “citizens of the world” and a “true visionary.”

“We want to recognize not just the historical figure Albert Einstein, but a man whose theories and approach to life can serve as a role model to many, not only to scientists, but to all those who consider themselves curious citizens of the world,” Mr. Ischinger said.

The seminar marked the anniversary of the year when Einstein published essays that challenged the classical concepts of space, time, matter and energy.

Swiss Ambassador Christian Blickenstorfer and Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon also praised the Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany. Einstein developed his special theory of relativity while living in Switzerland. He was also a leading supporter of a Jewish homeland. He once declined an offer to serve as president of Israel, saying he was not qualified for the job.

Mr. Ayalon, in a lighter moment, added, “Jews are known to be very family-oriented, so perhaps it is no coincidence that the greatest Jewish scientist developed the theory of relativity.”

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Tomorrow

• Polish Foreign Minister Adam Rotfeld, who meets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He is accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Switalski; Jerzegy Bahr, director of Poland’s National Security Council; and Henryk Szlajsera, director of the Foreign Ministry’s American Department.

• Jaswant Singh, leader of the opposition in India’s upper house of Parliament, who addresses the Brookings Institution.

Wednesday

• South African President Thabo Mbeki, who meets President Bush.

• Dr. Joseph Saba, former official with the World Health Organization and the United Nations’ AIDS program and now an executive with the Axios global health care service; Dr. Kenneth Lema, director of Axios’ office in Tanzania; and Dr. Zacharia Berege, director of hospital services of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health. They participate in a forum about AIDS in Tanzania at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

• Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European commissioner for external relations; Javier Ruperez, executive director for counterterrorism at the United Nations; Jean-Marie Guehenno, U.N. undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations; Olara Otunnu, U.N. undersecretary-general for children and armed conflict. They discuss U.N. reform at a forum sponsored by the European Institute and the United Nations Foundation.

Thursday

• Hugo Paemen, former European Union ambassador to the United States. He joins a panel discussion on global trade and trans-Atlantic relations at the Brookings Institution.

Friday

• Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail [email protected]

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