Diplomatic Traffic

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Byline: James Morrison, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


* Iain Duncan Smith, a member of the British Parliament and former leader of the Conservative Party. He discusses Britain's role in the war on terrorism with invited guests of the Hudson Institute.

* Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria; Hiroto Arakawa, director general of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation; and Pierre Jacquet, executive director and chief economist at the French Agency for Development. They join a Brookings Institution panel to discuss how development banks in France, Germany and Japan can better promote ways to assist poor countries.

* Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah of Afghanistan, who briefs invited guests at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies on the challenges his country faces after parliamentary and local elections.

* Foreign Minister Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar of Malaysia, who discusses U.S.-Malaysian relations at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

* Health ministers John Maginley of Antigua and Barbuda, Gines Gonzalez Garcia of Argentina, Marcus C. Bethel of the Bahamas, Jerome X. Walcott of Barbados, Vildo Marin of Belize, Alvaro Reyes Navarro of Bolivia, Jose Saraiva Felipe of Brazil, Ujjal Dosanjh of Canada, Pedro Garcia of Chile, Diego Palacio Betancourt of Colombia, Maria del Rocio Saenz Madrigal of Costa Rica, Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrera of Cuba, John Fabien of Dominica, Bautista Rojas Gomez of the Dominican Republic, Wellington Sandoval of Ecuador, Jose Guillermo Maza Brizuela of El Salvador, Ann David Antoine of Grenada, Marco Tulio Sosa of Guatemala, Leslie Ramsammy of Guyana, Josette Bijou of Haiti, Merlin Fernandez of Honduras, John A. Junor of Jamaica, Julio Jose Frenk Mora of Mexico, Margarita Gurdian Lopez of Nicaragua, Camillo Alleyne of Panama, Teresa Leon Mendaro of Paraguay, Pilar Mazzetti Soler of Peru, Rupert Emmanuel Herbert of St. …