- The Washington Times - Monday, July 20, 2009

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week:

Tuesday

Helen Clark, administrator of the U.N. Development Program and a former prime minister of New Zealand, addresses the challenges her agency faces in promoting development during a global recession in a forum for invited guests of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group.

Torsten Bahke of DIN German Institute for Standardization; Reinhard Butikofer, a German member of the European Parliament; Dieter Feddersen of the Drager Foundation of Munich; and Gunter Zimmermeyer of the German Association of Automotive Industry. They hold a 1 p.m. news conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to discuss the annual Transatlantic Market Conference.

Charalampos Chotzakoglou, professor of Byzantine art and archaeology at the Hellenic Open University in Athens and the Museum of Kykkos Monastery in Cyprus. He testifies at hearing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on the threat to religious heritage in Northern Cyprus at 2 p.m. in Room B318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Wednesday

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq, who meets President Obama. On Friday, Mr. al-Maliki and Sami al-Araji, chairman of the Iraq National Investment Commission, address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on development and investment in Iraq.

Kenneth Marende, speaker of the Parliament of Kenya. He addresses the National Endowment for Democracy on political conditions in the East African nation.

President Joao Soares and Vice President Jerry Grafstein of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who testify before the congressional Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe at 1:15 p.m. in Room HVC 200 of the Capitol Visitor Center.

Thursday

Raja Zulqarnain Khan, president of Azad Kashmir, with Cabinet members Lateef Akbar, minister for revenue, planning and development; Noreen Arif, minister for welfare and women’s development; and Mohammed Siddique, minister of civil defense and transport; Mohammed Saleem Bhat, deputy speaker of the Azad Kashmir Assembly, and assembly members Mohammed Najib Khan and Najib Naqi; Manzoor Ahmed Dar of the Jammu Kashmir High Court Bar Association; Chaudhary Abdul Majeed, president of the Peoples Party of Pakistan of Azad Jammu, and party members Matloob Inhalabi and Javaid Rathore; Sardar Sawar Khan of the People’s Muslim League of Azad Kashmir; Hameeda Bano and Ghulam Rasool Malik of the University of Kashmir; Rizwana Abbasi of England’s University of Leicester; G.M. Mir, founding chairman of the Plebiscite Front of Azad Jammu Kashmir; Jatinder Bakhshi, president of the Jammu Kashmir Forum for Peace and Reconciliation; Raja Muzaffar, Altaf Qadri and Sardar Ishaq Sharief of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front; Tahir Iqbal, Sardar Irshad Khan and Sardar Niaz of the Jammu Kashmir People’s Party; Pakistani Parliament members Sardar Ayaz Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah of the Pakistan Peoples Party; Maleeha Lodhi, a former Pakistani ambassador to the United States; and Ambassador Yusuf Buch, a former senior adviser to the U.N. secretary-general. They participate in the 10th International Kashmir Peace Conference beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Room 345 of the Cannon House Office Building.

Ali Ansari, director of the Iranian Institute at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews. He discusses the potential for U.S.-Iran relations in a forum at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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