- The Washington Times - Monday, June 23, 2008

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines, who is to meet with Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte and attend a meeting of the Millennium Challenge Corp. She is slated to meet with President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday and the congressional Philippine caucus on Wednesday.

- Leopoldo Lopez, mayor of the municipality of Chacao in Caracas, Venezuela. A leading opponent of President Hugo Chavez, Mr. Lopez addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on political conditions in Venezuela.

- Dariusz Bogdan, undersecretary of state of the Polish Ministry of Economy, who discusses the geopolitics of energy in Central Europe in a forum sponsored by Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

- Joel Sokolsky, professor of political science at the Royal Military College of Canada, and Pamela Wallin, a member of the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan. They address the Council of the Americas on NATO’s role in Afghanistan.

- Yossi Beilin, former director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, who addresses the Foundation for Middle East Peace.


- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam, who meets with President Bush. On Wednesday, he addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

- Francisco Gros, former director of Brazil’s central bank and former director of Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras. He addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on energy issues facing his nation.

- Rola Dashti, chairwoman of the Kuwait Economic Society; Lama Hourani, an adviser to the secretariat-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization; and Rahma Hugaira, chairwoman of the Yemeni Female Media Forum and director of the Rights and Freedom Defense section of the Yemeni-based Foundation for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedom. They discuss women in the Middle East in a forum sponsored by the Project on Middle East Democracy and the Heinrich Boll Foundation.

- Madras Sivaraman, former revenue secretary in India’s Ministry of Finance. He addresses the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University on India’s efforts to fight corruption.


- A delegation from Sudan with Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani, peace adviser to President Omar Bashir; Eltigani Salih Fidail, minister for international cooperation; Laual Deng Lual, state minister for finance and national economy; Elrahman al Khalifa, associate professor of the faculty of law at the University of Khartoum; Sayed Mohamed El-Hassan El-Khatib of the Center for Strategic Studies in Khartoum; Tahir Elfaki, head of the Legislative Council, and Abdullahi Osman El-Tom of Justice and Equality Movement rebels; and Abdul Wahid el Nour of the Sudan Liberation Movement rebels. They participate in a daylong forum on Sudan organized by Manchester Trade Ltd. and the Executive Research Associates.


- Koichiro Matsuura, director-general of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who meets with administration officials.

- Hassan Shire Sheikh of Somalia, chairman of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders’ Network. He addresses the National Endowment for Democracy.

- Retired Lt. Gen. Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, former chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces. He discusses the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in 2008 at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


- Brian Hindley of the Brussels-based European Center for International Political Economy, who addresses the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

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

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