- The Washington Times - Monday, March 19, 2007

Celebrating Europe

European diplomats are flying throughout the United States over the last two weeks of this month to promote the 50 anniversary of a treaty that led to the creation of the European Union, and members of Congress have joined the celebration with a House resolution praising U.S.-European relations.

“The resolution reaffirms the close and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and Europe,” said Ambassador John Bruton, the top EU diplomat in Washington.

Rep. Robert Wexler, Florida Democrat and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Europe, sponsored the resolution to honor the Treaty of Rome, signed on March 25, 1957 by delegates from Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. Today the EU has 27 member nations and represents more than 450 million citizens.

“The anniversary of the Rome Treaty is a reminder of the importance of the transatlantic alliance in an increasingly difficult global environmental,” Mr. Wexler said last week.

A scheduled for the EU diplomatic visits is posted on the delegation Web site, (www.eurunion.org).

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Javier Solana, the European Union representative for foreign and security policy, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU commissioner for foreign relations. They meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to discuss issues involving the Middle East, Afghanistan, Kosovo and the upcoming U.S.-EU summit.

• Henry Plater-Zyberk, of the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom, and Eduard Estevez, of Argentina’s Ministry of Security. They participate in a forum on security issues at American University.

• Jens Petter Olsen of the Norwegian Pension Fund and Andreas Follesdal, director of research at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights at the University of Olso and a member of the Council of Ethics of the Pension Fund. They participate in a forum sponsored Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics

Tomorrow

• Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand, who meets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, Director of National Intelligence Vice Adm. John M. McConnell and addresses the Asia Society. On Wednesday, she meets President Bush, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab.

• Foreign Minister Fernando Araujo of Colombia, who addresses the Council of the Americas.

• Nino Burjanadze, speaker of the parliament of the Republic of Georgia, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On Wednesday she attends a reception at the Georgian Embassy, co-hosted by the America-Georgia Business Council.

Wednesday

• Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov of Azerbaijan, who addresses the Central Asia Caucasus Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

c A medical delegation from Taiwan consisting of Shuh-min Wu, president of the Foundation of Medical Professional Alliance in Taiwan; Shih-chai Lin, executive director of the alliance; Yung-tsung Wu, a council member of the World Medical Association; Kuan-pin Liu, a member of the legislature of the Republic of China on Taiwan; and David W.F. Chang of the Taiwan-based Academia Sinica research center.

Thursday

• Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis of Greece, who meets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and congressional leaders.

• Shunmugam Jayakumar, deputy prime minister of Singapore, Ali Alatas, former foreign minister of Indonesia, and Ong Keng Yong, secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. They participate in a State Department forum on U.S.-ASEAN relations.

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

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