- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 29, 2007

Diplomatic traffic Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.They meet with President Bush for the annual U.S.-EU summit. Mrs. Merkel also addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on trans-Atlantic relations. She also delivers to the Library of Congress the 1507 German map that first used the term “America.”

• Erika Mann, a member of the European Parliament, who joins members of Congress to discuss trans-Atlantic trade in a noon press conference at the National Press Club.

• President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, who meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He has lunch on Wednesday at the White House with President Bush.

• Denis MacShane, a member of the British Parliament, who participates in a panel discussion about global anti-Semitism in a forum sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.

• A delegation from Russia with: Marina Chashchina of the United Russia Party and an aide to the governor of Sverdlovskaya; Sergey Fadeyev of the Yabloko party and a member of the regional legislature of Kaluga; Oleg Kruglov, secretary of the United Russia Party of Ekat; Mayor Mikhail Malahovskiy of Ahtubinsk and a member of the United Russia Party; Larisa Shkondina of the Union of Rightist Forces and a member of the Samara city council; and Dmitry Vishnyakov, chairman of the Muskie Club of Moscow. They meet with administration officials and members of Congress.


• Foreign Minister Taro Aso and Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma of Japan, who hold talks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates as part of ongoing meetings of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee.

• Shiv Shankar Menon, foreign secretary of India, who meets with Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns to discuss the U.S.-India nuclear energy deal. Mr. Menon holds a 5:30 p.m. press conference at the Indian Embassy.

• Saumitra Chaudhuri, an economic adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. He addresses the National Economists Club.

• Paul Collier, economic professor at Britain’s Oxford University. At the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, he discusses ways to help economically troubled nations.


• President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, who meets with President Bush. Mr. Uribe also joins Mercedes Araoz, Peru’s minister of foreign trade and tourism; Agustin Carstens, Mexico’s secretary of finance and public credit; David Emerson, Canada’s minister of international trade; and Henrique de Campos Meirelles, governor of the Central Bank of Brazil, in addressing a conference sponsored by the Council of the Americas.

• Josef Ackermann, chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.


• Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, who meets with President Bush on Friday. He also has meetings with Vice President Dick Cheney, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and members of Congress. He is accompanied by Foreign Minister George Yeo and Lee Yi Shyan, minister of state for trade and industry.

• Sen. Manlio Fabio Beltrones, president of the Mexican Senate and the Senate leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


• Navina Jafa, secretary-general of India’s Foundation for Arts, who discusses U.S.-Indian cultural diplomacy at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

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