- The Washington Times - Monday, December 7, 2009

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who meets President Obama and addresses the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. On Tuesday, he addresses the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Adnan AbdulAziz Al Bahar of the International Investor Company of Kuwait; Akil Beshir of Telecom Egypt; Jan Bladen of Dubai Financial Services Authority; Adel Danish of Xceed of Egypt; Mazen Darwazah of Hikma Pharmaceuticals of Jordan; Raghav Das Muhandra of Simplex Projects Ltd. of India; Florence Eid of Passport Capital of Britain; Farah Foustok of ING Investment Management Middle East of United Arab Emirates; Mohammed Shafik Gabr of Artoc Group for Investment and Development of Egypt; Shafeeq Ghabra of Kuwait University; Ali Eldin Helal of Cairo University; Khaled Kanaan of the Mideast Joint Capital Co. of Jordan; Karim Kawar, former Jordanian ambassador to the United States; Abdel Moneim El Said of the Al-Ahram Foundation of Egypt; Sahar El-Sallab of the Egyptian Ministry of Investment; Ali Al Shihabi of the Rasmala Investment Bank of the United Arab Emirates; Frederic Sicre of Abraaj Capital of the United Arab Emirates; Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian ambassador to the United States; Hesham Youssef of the League of Arab States; and Sherif Ali Zubi, former Jordanian trade minister. They are among the speakers at the two-day inaugural meeting of the Arab Global Forum.

Tuesday

Ruprecht Polenz, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German parliament. He discusses NATO’s future in Afghanistan in a briefing at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Wednesday

Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, who meets Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and National Security Adviser Gen. James L. Jones for the inauguration of the Ukraine-U.S. Strategic Partnership Commission, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. He also meets members of Congress and Ukrainian-Americans and addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Ukraine-U.S. Business Council.

Rainer Stinner, a member of the German parliament and chairman of the NATO Partnership Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He discusses the current situation in Afghanistan in a briefing with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

Lt. Gen. Abdul Hadi Khalid, former first deputy minister for security in the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan; and Bahukutumbi Raman, former director of the counterterrorism division of India’s intelligence service, the Research and Analysis Wing. They participate in a forum on al Qaeda, sponsored by the Jamestown Foundation.

Carlos Alberto Montaner, a Cuban dissident who fled the island. He addresses the Cato Institute on Latin American relations with other Western nations.

Thursday

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil, who addresses the Inter-American Dialogue.

Hans-Peter Keitel, chairman of the Federation of German Industries, who addresses the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

Anneke Van Woudenberg of Human Rights Watch, who discusses attacks on civilians in the eastern Congo in a briefing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Nikolay Rudensky, deputy editor of the Russian online journal, Grani.Ru, which is strongly critical of the Russian government. He participates in a panel discussion sponsored by the International Forum for Democratic Studies and the National Endowment for Democracy.

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