- The Washington Times - Monday, September 24, 2007

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble of Germany, who meets with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to discuss police training and counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

Andrea Kdolsky, Austria’s minister of health, family and youth, who meets with Michael O. Leavitt, secretary of health and human services, and other health care officials.

Wan Exiang, vice president of the Supreme People’s Court of China, who hold an 8 a.m. briefing at the Chinese Embassy, 2300 Connecticut Ave. NW.


• Former Russian and Soviet ambassadors to the United States Alexander A. Bessmertnykh, Yuri V. Dubinin, Victor G. Komplektov, Vladimir P. Lukin and Yuli M. Vorontsov. They join former U.S. ambassadors to Russia in a forum on U.S.-Russia relations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan, who addresses the Middle East Institute on the political tensions in her country.

David Coleman, a professor at England’s Oxford University and former adviser to the British home secretary. He participates in a panel discussion at the Hudson Institute on demographic change in Europe.

Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram of India, who addresses the Peterson Institute on the future of India’s economy.

Commerce Secretary Gopal Pillai of India, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Princess Elena of Spain, who inaugurates an exhibit on the Spanish influence in the United States from 1763 to 1848 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, former chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is accompanied by Mehbooba Mufti, the first female Muslim member of parliament of the predominately Hindu state.

Marfua Tokhtakhodjaeva, a women’s rights advocate from Uzbekistan, who participates in a forum on women in Central Asia, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Alain Juppe, former prime minister of France; Hubert Vedrine, former foreign minister of France; and professors Catherine Larrere of the University of Michel Montaigne in Bordeaux, Allan Potofsky and Marie-Jeanne Rossignol of the University of Paris, and Patrick Villiers, professor at France’s University of the Littoral Coast of Opale. They participate in a two-day forum on the Marquis de Lafayette at the Meridian International Center.

Melanie Aitken, senior deputy commissioner at the Canadian Competition Bureau; Director-General Philip Lowe and Deputy Director-General Nadia Calvino of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition; and Ali Nikpay, a senior director at Britain’s Office of Fair Trading. They participate in panel discussions on global antitrust issues at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Olli Rehn, the European Union’s commissioner for enlargement, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Baroness Brenda Hale of the British House of Lords, who discusses human rights and terrorism at the Georgetown University Law Center.


Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel of Slovenia, who opens an exhibit of 24 Slovenian artists. The display will be open to the public through Oct. 26 at the Slovenian Embassy, 2410 California St. NW.

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

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