- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 15, 2007

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Finance Minister Anwarul Haq Ahadi of Afghanistan and Noorullah Delawari, governor of the central bank of Afghanistan. They address the Brookings Institution on fiscal challenges facing their country.

• Ibolya David, a member of the Hungarian parliament and president of the Hungarian Democratic Forum.

• Johnny Munkhammar of Timbro, a free-market think tank in Sweden, who addresses the Cato Institute on economic growth in Scandinavia.

• Sherry Rehman, an opposition member of the Pakistani parliament. She addresses the South Asia Project of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

• Shamshad Akhtar, governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, and Salman Shah, adviser to the prime minister for finance. They address Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

• Finance Minister Jihad Azour of Lebanon, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

• An interfaith delegation from Indonesia with: the Rev. Richard Daulay, secretary-general, and the Rev. Izaac W.J. Hendriks, chairman of the Moluccas chapter of the Indonesian Communion of Churches; the Rev. Ignatius Ismartono of the Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia; Abdul Mu’ti, former chairman of the Muhammadiyah Youth; and Philip Widjaja, chairman of the Indonesian Buddhists Society.


• A delegation from the Turkish parliament with: Mehmet Dulger, chairman of the parliamentary commission on foreign affairs; Zekeriya Akcam, Erol Aslan Cebeci and Yasar Yakis of the Justice and Development Party; and Sukru Elekdag and Onur Oymen of the Republican People’s Party. They discuss Turkish foreign policy at a forum sponsored by the Hudson Institute.


• Panos Livadas, Greece’s secretary-general for information, who meets with members of Congress. He addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on Thursday and the American Hellenic Institute on Friday.

• A delegation from Urbino, Italy, with: Mayor Franco Corrucci; Alberto Drudi, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Pesaro and Urbino; fashion designers Piero and Giacomo Guidi, sponsors of the annual Urbino Press Award for excellence in American journalism; Giovanni Lani, president of the award foundation; and Palmiro Ucchielli, president of the province of Pesaro and Urbino. They will present the award to Time magazine reporter Michael Weisskopf, who lost his right hand in a grenade explosion in Iraq, at an Italian Embassy reception hosted by Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta.

• Rafael Pardo, former defense minister of Colombia, who discusses the security conditions in his country in a briefing hosted by the Center for Latin American Issues at George Washington University and the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

• Carlos Ghosn, the Brazilian-born president of Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. and France’s Renault S.A. He addresses the Council on Foreign Relations.


• John Holmes of Britain, the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, who discusses U.N. relief efforts in Sudan’s Darfur region, Chad and the Central African Republic in a briefing sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the United Nations Information Center.

• A delegation from the Jerusalem-based Israel Democracy Institute with: Arye Z. Carmon, IDI president; retired Air Force Col. Uri Dromi, director of international outreach; and Col. Daniel Reisner, legal adviser to the Israel Defense Forces and an IDI research fellow. They participate in a seminar, co-sponsored with the Israel Project, on terrorist threats to democracies.

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