- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 6, 2007

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Queen Elizabeth II of Britain and her husband, Prince Philip. They attend a garden party at the residence of British Ambassador Sir David Manning and a state dinner hosted by President Bush. Tomorrow, they visit the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Children’s National Medical Center and the National World War II Memorial.

• Kazakh Foreign Minister Marat Tazhin, who meets with members of Congress. Tomorrow and Wednesday, he meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley and addresses an event hosted by the U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association.

• Information Minister Muhammad Abdul Ghaffar of Bahrain. He addresses the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and the Middle East Institute on Wednesday.

• President Kessai Hesa Note of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, who addresses the eighth Pacific Island Conference of Leaders with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the State Department.

• Daniel Levy of Israel and Ghaith al-Omari of the Palestinian territories, the advocates of the nongovernmental Israeli-Palestinian Geneva Initiative. They address a conference of the Churches for Middle East Peace.

• Achim Steiner of Germany, the executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, who participates in a panel discussion the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• Kenneth Minogue, a political science professor at the London School for Economics, who addresses the Hudson Institute’s Center for European Studies.

• Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha of Albania, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Tomorrow, he holds a 1:30 p.m. press conference at the National Press Club.


• Ambassador Farooq Sobhan, a special envoy of the government of Bangladesh. He meets with R. Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs; J.D. Crouch of the National Security Council; officials at the Commerce Department, U.S. Trade Representative’s Office and World Bank; and members of the congressional Bangladeshi caucus. He also speaks at the Heritage Foundation and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

• Hilmar Linnenkamp, deputy chief executive of the European Defense Agency, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• William Maley of Britain’s University of New South Wales, who participates in a forum on Afghanistan at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


• President Rene Preval of Haiti, who meets with President Bush.

• Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, wife of the ruler of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. She is the guest of honor at the 10th annual dinner of the Mosaic Foundation.

• Cesar Montufar, a professor of international studies at the Andean University Simon Bolivar in Ecuador. He addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on the political climate in his country.

• A delegation from Germany with: Andreas Pinkwart, deputy prime minister and minister of innovation, science, research and technology of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia; Achim Bachem, chairman of the board of directors of the Julich Research Center; Karl A. Theis, executive managing director of the VCB PowerTech, a professional association of German energy producers; and Elmar Wilhelm Weiler, rector of the Ruhr University Bochum. They discuss global warming in a forum sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

c Heizo Takenaka, head of financial and economic reforms for former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan. He addresses the Peterson Institute for International Economics.


Michael Leigh, the European Commission’s director-general for the enlargement of the European Union, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison @washingtontimes.com.



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