- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 1, 2006

Egypt eyes nukes

The U.S. ambassador in Egypt expects Washington to cooperate eagerly with Egypt if it decides to develop a civilian nuclear power industry.

“If Egypt, after detailed study on this subject, decides that nuclear power is a positive thing and important for Egypt, we can cooperate in this field. Why not?” Ambassador Francis Ricciardone told al-Mehwar television last week.

“We are ready to supply nuclear technology to friendly states which want to benefit from civilian, peaceful nuclear power,” he added.

Gamal Mubarak, son of the president, told Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party that the country should consider promoting nuclear power.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who meets with President Bush and holds an 11 a.m. press conference at the Williard Intercontinental Hotel.

• Trade Minister Jose Ruben Rochi of El Salvador, who addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on travel and tourism in his Central American nation.

• Iranian dissident Amir Abbas Fakhravar, who addresses the Heritage Foundation on domestic protests against the theocratic regime.

• Maria van der Hoeven, minister for education, culture and science of the Netherlands, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies on the role of education in the integration of foreign religious communities in democratic societies.

Tomorrow

• Princess Dalal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, who participates in a press conference on improving foster care, at 9 a.m. in Room HC-6 of the Capitol.

• Georg Milbradt, minister-president of the German state of Saxony, who discusses German unity in a program at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

• Nikolay Spassky, deputy head of the Russian Atomic Energy Agency, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

• Terje Rxd Larson, Norway’s special envoy to the United Nations, who addresses challenges in the Middle East in a briefing at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

• Joseph Seon Hur, secretary-general of the South Korean Free Trade Commission, who participates in a panel discussion at the Washington College of Law.

• Noboru Hatakeyama, chairman and chief executive officer of the Japan Economic Foundation, and Akira Kojima, chairman of Japan’s Center for Economic Research. They participate in a panel discussion sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Japan Economic Foundation and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Wednesday

• Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon of Spain, who will preside over an educational seminar at Georgetown University.

• Mirwaz Umar Farooq, chairman of Kashmir’s All Parties Hurriyet Conference, who addresses the Kashmiri American Council.

Thursday

• Prime Minister Adnan Terzic of Bosnia-Herzegovina; Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Haziri of Kosovo; Economic Minister Predrag Boskovic of Montenegro; Theodoros Skylakakis, secretary-general for international economic relations of the Greek Foreign Ministry; Andijana Starina Kosem, state secretary of Slovenia’s Economic Ministry; AdToet of the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Cos.; Jasna Matric, director of the Serbian Investment and Export Promotion Agency; Tamara Toskovic of Montenegro’s Economic Ministry; Ana Trbovic of Serbia’s University of Singidunum; and Reinhard Priebe, director for the Western Balkans of the European Commission. They participate in a two-day forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Friday

• Edmundo Jarquin, a candidate for president of Nicaragua addresses the Inter-American Dialogue.

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

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