- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2007

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, which holds the presidency of the European Union. He meets President Bush.

Alan Leong, a member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, who discusses political reform in a forum at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Tomorrow

President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, who discusses constitutional reform in his country in a forum sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development.

Foreign Minister Bernard Kamillius Membe of Tanzania, who addresses the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Peter Piot of Belgium, executive director of the UNAIDS office, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Kavi Chongkittavorn of Thailand, Hisham Kassem of Egypt and Ewald Scharfenberg of Venezuela’s Institute for the Press and Society. They receive the 2007 Democracy Awards from the National Endowment for Democracy. Elena Milashina of Russia’s Novya Gazeta will accept an award on behalf of slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Vladimir Ryzhkov, a member of the Russian parliament; George Bovt of the Moscow Times; Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Moscow’s “Russia in Foreign Affairs;” and Lilia Shevtsova and Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie Center Moscow. They discuss Russia’s parliamentary elections in December in a forum at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Wednesday

Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner of France, who attends a private dinner. On Thursday, he meets with Rep. Tom Lantos, California Democrat and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and addresses the Center for Strategic and International Security. On Friday, he meets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Elisa Carrio, a candidate for president of Argentina, who addresses a forum sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Tom Koenigs of Germany, special representative to Afghanistan for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Judy Cheng-Hopkins of Malaysia, assistant U.N. commissioner for human rights. She addresses the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Thursday

Vice President Eduardo Stein of Guatemala, who addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on the Nov. 4 presidential runoff election between Alvaro Colom and Otto Perez Molina.

Gordan Milosevic, senior adviser to Prime Minister Milorad Dodik of the Serb Republic of Bosnia, and Bakir Ajanovic, minister of science and technology.

c Lt. Gen. Tsadkan Gebretenbsae of Ethiopia’s Center for Policy Research and Dialogue, Lt. Gen. Louis Matshwenyego Fisherof South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand and Brig. Gen. Robert Winful, chief of staff of the Ghana armed forces. They discuss African security in a panel at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Friday

President Festus Mogae of Botswana, who discusses U.S.-Botswana relations at the Center for Strategic and International Security.

Yvo De Boer of Austria, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania, a director of the U.N. Environment Program. He addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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


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