- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 30, 2006

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Foreign Minister Taro Aso of Japan, who is accompanied by press secretary Yoshinori Katori. Mr. Aso meets Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday.

• Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi of Saudi Arabia, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies and meets Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman.

• Snjezana Dropulic and Amira Spago of Bosnia’s Mostar Women’s Citizen Initiative, who will receive an award from former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright at a luncheon hosted by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

• Richard Gilbert, director of research at the Centre for Sustainable Transportation in Toronto. He participates in a panel discussion sponsored by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.

• Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and current president of the New York-based Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative. She participates in a forum on sustainable development at the World Bank.

• Elisa Carrio, a member of the Argentine legislature, who speaks at George Washington University.

• Leopold Engleitner of Austria, who at 101 is the world’s oldest known concentration camp survivor. He speaks at Georgetown University.


• President Tabare Vazquez of Uruguay, who meets Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. On Wednesday, Mr. Vazquez addresses the annual Washington Conference on the Americas.

• Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez of Mexico, who discusses U.S. immigration policies in a forum at the Inter-American Dialogue.

• A delegation from the Indian Parliament: Prema Cariappa, Deepender Singh Hooda, Preneet Kaur, B.J. Panda, Sachin Pilot, Suresh Prabhu, Shahid Siddiqui,Uday Singh,Manvendra Singh and Madhu Goud Yaskhi. They attend a meeting of the U.S.-India Business Council.


• Joschka Fischer, former foreign minister of Germany; Ana Palacio, former foreign minister of Spain; Efraim Halevy, former director of the Israeli intelligence service; the Rt. Rev. George Leonard Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury; India’s Ravi Shankar, spiritual leader of the Art of Living Foundation; and Sheik Ahmed Khalifa Niasse, special representative of the president of Senegal. They address the convention of the American Jewish Committee. On Thursday, Mr. Fischer addresses the American Society of International Law and the Council on Foreign Relations.

• Francisco Gil Diaz, finance minister of Mexico; Martin Redrado, president of the Central Bank of Argentina; and Dilma Vana Rousseff, chief of staff to the president of Brazil. They address the annual Washington Conference on the Americas.

• Antonio Guterres, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, who meets State Department officials and members of Congress.

• Luis Rubio, former finance minister of Mexico and current director of the Center of Research for Development in Mexico City. He addresses the Inter-American Dialogue.

• Iwao Matsuda, Japan’s minister of state for science and technology policy, who addresses the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


• Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who address the American Jewish Committee convention.

• A delegation from the Japanese parliament: Fumio Kyuma and Tokuichiro Tamazawa of the Liberal Democratic Party and Gen Nakatani of the Democratic Party. They speak at the Heritage Foundation.

• Apollinaire Malumalu, president of the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who speaks at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

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