- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2008

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala, who meets with President Bush, holds a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club and addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Tomorrow, he discusses trade and immigration in a speech at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

• A delegation from the European Parliament’s Climate Change Committee: Chairman Guido Sacconi of Italy; Vice Chairman Rebecca Harms of Germany; Bairbre de Brun of Britain; Avril Doyle of Ireland; Jonathan Evans of Britain; Karl-Heinz Florenz of Germany; Matthias Groote of Germany; Peter Liese of Germany; Ines Ayala Sender of Spain and Pilar del Castillo Vera of Spain. They meet with World Bank officials and members of Congress, including Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat and chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Joe Liberman, Connecticut independent and a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Ambassador Kai Eide of Norway, the new U.N. special representative in Afghanistan and head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. He addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Eide meets with President Bush tomorrow.

Jonathan Oluwole Coker, Nigeria’s former ambassador to China, who participates in a forum on China’s relations with Africa, sponsored by the American Foreign Policy Council and Heinrich Boell Foundation North America. The forum begins at 10:45 a.m. in Room 2105 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Andre Nassar, president of the Institute for International Trade Negotiations of Brazil, who discusses sugar-cane-based ethanol and Brazil’s land-use policies in a 2 p.m. forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Joris Voorhoeve, former defense minister of the Netherlands, who joins a Hudson Institute panel discussion on NATO and Afghanistan at 3:30 p.m.

Kishore Mahbubani, Singapore’s former ambassador to the United Nations, who addresses the New America Foundation at 3:30 p.m.


Philomena Essed, a member of the Equal Treatment Commission of the Netherlands; Joe Frans, vice chairman of the U.N. Working Group on People of African Descent and a former member of the Swedish parliament; Boris Kodjoe, an Ghanaian-German actor; and Gary Younge, a columnist with the Guardian newspaper of London. They testify on European relations with its black citizens and immigrants at a hearing of the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe at 10 a.m. in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Yok-Shiu F. Lee of the University of Hong Kong and Carlos Wing-Hung Lo of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. They discuss environmental cooperation between Hong Kong and Guangdong, China, in a briefing at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo of Peru, who addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on the agenda and goals of the administration of President Alan Garcia.

Patrick Duplat, a French-Canadian official with Refugees International, who participates in a panel discussion on the future of Somalia with invited guests of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Natalia Majluf, director of the Art Museum of Lima, Peru, who addresses the Inter-American Development Bank on Peruvian cultural issues.

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