- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 26, 2006

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Foreign Minister Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu of Romania, who meets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte.

• David Sproule, Canada’s ambassador to Afghanistan, who holds a 10 a.m. press conference at the Canadian Embassy.

• Kemal Dervis, administrator of the United Nations Development Program; Kalman Mizsei, assistant U.N. secretary-general; Ashraf Ghani, chancellor of Afghanistan’s Kabul University; and U.N. ambassadors Nurbek Jeenbaev of Kyrgyzstan, Aslov Sirodjidin of Tajikistan and Alisher Vohidov of Uzbekistan. They participate in a Brookings Institution forum on development in Central Asia.

• Rosalyn Higgins, president of the International Court of Justice; Donald McRae of Canada’s University of Ottawa and Seema Sapra of London’s King College. They participate in panel discussions at the 100th annual meeting of the American Society of International Law.

• Turkish Trade Minister Kursad Tuzmen, who addresses the Institute for International Economics.

• The Rev. George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory, lectures on God and the universe at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


• Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran of India, who meets R. Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs; members of Congress and administration officials. On Thursday, Mr. Saran addresses the Heritage Foundation on U.S.-India relations.

• Christos Folias, Greece’s deputy minister of economy and finance, who addresses the Southeast Asia project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• Rinchen Kuentsyl of Bhutan’s Department of Bilateral Affairs, who addresses the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

• Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil. He will promote his book, “The Accidental President of Brazil,” and address the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. On Thursday, he addresses the Inter-American Dialogue.


• Greek Education Minister Marietta Giannakou, who addresses the Southeast Asia project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• John Githongo, former permanent secretary for governance and ethics in the office of the president of Kenya, who briefs the Cato Institute on corruption in the East African nation.

• Kari Mottola, special adviser to the Finnish Foreign Affairs Ministry, who addresses the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies about “The European Union’s Grand Strategy and the Global Security Order.”

• French film director Jacques Perrin, who holds a 9:30 a.m. press conference at the Jefferson Hotel to discuss his new documentaries on nature, called the “Oceans” project.


• Margarita Escobar, El Salvador’s vice minister of foreign relations, and Roberto Siman of the Office of the Chief of Staff to President Antonio Saca. They address the Inter-American Dialogue.


• Nejib Chebbi of Tunisia’s Progressive Democratic Party; Ammar Abdulhamid of the Dar Emar Publishing House in Syria; Najat Sharafeddine of Lebanon’s Future Television; Lokman Slim of the “Let’s Go” movement in Lebanon; Hassan Mneimneh of the Iraq Memory Foundation; Sama Hadad of the Iraqi Prospect Organization; Issam Abu Issa of the National Coalition for Democracy and Independence in the Palestinian territories; and Rami Nasrallah of the International Peace and Cooperation Center in the Palestinian territories.

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