- The Washington Times - Monday, October 19, 2009

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week:


Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal of Afghanistan and Noorullah Delawari, president and chief executive officer of the Afghan Investment Support Agency and an adviser to President Hamid Karzai. They address the fifth annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference, sponsored by the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce.

The Right Rev. John Rucyahana, bishop of the Anglican Church of Rwanda and head of the Mustard Seed Project, a Christian charity. He discusses reconciliation efforts in Rwanda at a briefing at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq, along with his finance minister, Baker Mohammed al-Zubaidy, and his oil minister, Hussein al-Shahristani. They address the two-day U.S.-Iraq Business and Investment Conference, sponsored by the State and Commerce departments and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Nadir Atash, author, educator and former Afghan government official, who holds a 2 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club to discuss the U.S. strategy review on the war in Afghanistan.

Donal Brown, deputy director for Middle East and North African issues in Britain’s Department for International Development. He addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the political turmoil and terrorism in Yemen.

Carlos Ernesto Gonzalez, vice president of the Liberty Foundation of Panama; Barbara Kolm, secretary-general of the Hayek Institute of Austria; Prince Michael of Liechtenstein; Richard Teather, a professor at Bournemouth University in Britain; Anthony Travers, chairman of the Cayman Islands Financial Services Association; and Eline van den Broek, president of the European Independent Institute of the Netherlands. They discuss international tax competition in a forum at the Cato Institute.


Miguel Kiguel, former undersecretary of Argentina’s Finance Ministry. He addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on the economic future of Argentina.

Jens Bastian of the Hellenic Foundation on European and Foreign Policy in Athens. He discusses political and economic conditions in the western Balkans at a briefing at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Fabrizio Tassinari of the Danish Institute for International Studies. He discusses Europe’s distrust of its neighbors in a briefing at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


Raj Jain, president of Wal-Mart India and managing director and chief executive officer of Bharti Wal-Mart Private Ltd. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies about modernizing India’s food supply.

Sina Vann, a former Cambodian victim of forced prostitution now with Cambodia’s Somaly Mam Foundation, which works to prevent human trafficking, and Veero, who escaped from involuntary servitude in Pakistan and founded the Saath Saharoo Society to help free Pakistanis trapped in similar conditions. They address the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University.

David Anderson, former environment minister of Canada, who addresses a conference on plant and food production at the Environmental Protection Agency.


Sven Jurgenson, foreign-policy adviser to President Toomas Ilves of Estonia and Estonia’s ambassador to the United States from 2000 to 2003. He addresses the Heritage Foundation on U.S.-Estonia relations.

President Giovanni Chiodi of Italy’s Abruzzo region. He addresses the National Italian American Foundation’s 34th anniversary awards gala and annual convention.

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

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