- The Washington Times - Monday, April 27, 2009

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week:


Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis and Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis of Greece. Mr. Meimarakis meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. On Tuesday, he meets with National Security Adviser James L. Jones, and on Wednesday, he meets with Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. Mr. Varvitsiotis meets with Christopher Wilson, assistant U.S. trade representative for Europe and the Middle East, on Tuesday and addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. On Wednesday, he meets with Marcie Ries, acting assistant secretary of state for European affairs, and her deputy, Stuart Jones.

Foreign Minister George Yeo of Singapore, who meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, National Security Adviser James L. Jones and members of Congress.

• A delegation from Saudi Arabia with Prince Turki al Faisal, former ambassador to the United States; Abdulla Alireza, minister of commerce; Ibrahim al Assaf, minister of finance; Muhammad al Jasser, governor of the Saudi Monetary Authority; and Abdulrahman al Saeed, director-general of the Specialized Studies Center. They address a conference, sponsored by the New America Foundation, on U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations.

Lucas Radebe, South Africa’s ambassador to the 2010 soccer World Cup tournament, and Sthu Zungu, president of South African Tourism-North America. They join South African Ambassador Welile Nhlapo in noon news conference at the National Press Club.

Iulian Fota, national security adviser to President Traian Basescu of Moldova, who addresses the German Marshall Fund of the United States on “realities and repercussions of unrest in Moldova.”

• A delegation from Russia with Anatoly Aksakov, a member of parliament; Georgiy Bovt of the Party of the Right Choice; Vladimir Dvorkin of the Institute of World Economics and International Relations; Nikita Lobanov of the International Council of Russian Compatriots; Andranik Migranyan of the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation; Igor Panarin of the Russian Diplomatic Academy; Sergei Rogov of the Institute of USA and Canada at the Russian Academy of Sciences; and Margarita Simonyan of Russia Today TV; and Adgur Kharasia of the parliament of Abkhazia. They address the annual conference of the World Russia Forum.

Mehmet Simsek, Turkey’s minister of state for economics, foreign trade and the treasury. He addresses the Brookings Institution about the global financial crisis.


Stockwell Day, Canada’s minister of international trade and minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. He addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on U.S.-Canada trade issues.

Finance Minister Einars Repse of Latvia and Ilmars Rimsevics, governor of the Bank of Latvia. They hold a 2 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club.


Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s secretary of the environment, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars about efforts to improve the Pearl River Delta.

Jean-Pierre Filiu of the Paris Institute of Political Sciences, who discusses al Qaeda in North Africa in a briefing at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Otto Fricke, chairman of the German parliament’s budget committee. He addresses the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.


Harald Conrad of Britain’s Sheffield University, Kiichi Fujiwara of the University of Tokyo, Hanns Maull of Germany’s University of Trier and Kal-Oal Lang of Germany’s Foundation for Science and Politics. They address a seminar sponsored by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

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• James Morrison can be reached at jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.

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