- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2008

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


c A delegation from Afghanistan with: Mohammad Ibrahim Aman, a member special assistant to the Speaker of the National Assembly; Anita Askaryar of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development; Abdullah Ahmadzi, a member of the Logar Provincial Council; Nabilla Haidary, a staff member of the National Assembly’s Committee on Women’s Affairs, Human Rights and Civil Society; Qari Dowlat Mohammad, a member of the Badghis Provincial Council; Abdul Qahar of Global Partners Inc.; Rahmatullah Rashadi, a member President of the Nuristan Provincial Council. They meet Anita McBride, chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush; members of Congress; Mike Duncan, chairman of the Republican National Committee; and Democratic Party executives on a visit arranged by the American Council for Young Political Leaders.

• Mexican Govs. Eduardo Bours Castelo of Sonora, Eugenio Hernandez Flores of Tamaulipas, Jose Natividad Gonzalez Paras of Nuevo Leon and Eugenio Elorduy Walther of Baja California. They discuss U.S.-Mexico border issues in a forum sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.


Mithat Melen, a member of the Turkish parliament, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Shlomo Swirski, research director at the Adva Center for Social Research in Tel Aviv. He addresses the Economic Policy Institute.

Huseyin Bagci of Turkey’s Middle East Technical University. He discusses Turkish-U.S. relations in northern Iraq in a forum at the Jamestown Foundation.

Steffen Kampeter, a member of the German parliament, who discusses the subprime mortgage crisis in Europe in a forum at the New America Foundation.

Bronislaw Geremek, former foreign minister of Poland; Jan Petersen, former foreign minister of Norway; and Volker Ruhe, former defense minister of Germany. As members of the U.S.-European Union Partnership Committee for Ukraine, they address a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.


Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek of the Czech Republic, who meets President Bush to discuss the proposed missile defense shield for Europe. He also addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Najdat Anzour, a filmmaker from Syria; Riad Kahwaji of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis of the United Arab Emirates; Zaid Mosehni of Tolo TV in Afghanistan; Senad Pecanin of Dani Magazine in Bosnia; Honey al Sayed of Radio al Madina of Syria; and Mahmood al Yousif of the Mahmood’s Den blog of Bahrain. They address the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Nazmi Jubeh, co-director of the Palestinian Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation, and Danny Seidemann, legal counsel to Ir Amim, an Israeli organization for the preservation of Jerusalem. They address the Middle East Institute.

Otto Fricke, chairman of the Budget Committee of the German parliament. He discusses pending financial problems in Germany during a briefing at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.


Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark, who addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the political and security challenges facing the United States and the European Union.

Justice Minister Charles Rizk of Lebanon, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on conditions in Lebanon three years after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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