Foreign Minister Lodhi?(WORLD)(EMBASSY ROW)
Byline: James Morrison, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Foreign minister Lodhi?
Could Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, be the next Pakistani foreign minister? That is the speculation in some diplomatic circles, according to UPI Hears, the political gossip column of United Press International.
"It seems that Lodhi is front-runner to become foreign minister following the surprise resignation of Abdul Sattar, 72, who is claiming ill health and exhaustion from too many late nights in the current Indo-Pakistan crisis," UPI says.
Miss Lodhi had no comment, and a Pakistani Embassy spokesman called it "pure speculation." Miss Lodhi, who was a prominent Pakistani journalist before she became a diplomat, is just as likely to return to the newspaper business when she finishes her term as ambassador.
President Bush has announced the selection of three career diplomats to serve as new ambassadors.
James Irvin Gadsden has been named ambassador to Ireland. He is the special negotiator for agricultural biotechnology in the State Department's Bureau for Economic and Business Affairs.
John R. Hamilton, ambassador to Peru, will move on to Guatemala, and Larry Leon Palmer, charge d'affaires in Ecuador, will become ambassador to Honduras.
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
*Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, Danish Deputy Prime Minister Bendt Bendtsen, El Salvadoran President Francisco Flores, Finnish Deputy Prime Minister Ville Itala, Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, Honduran President Ricardo Maduro, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando. They attend a conference of the center-right International Democratic Union.
*Kamal Mitra Chenoy of India's Jawaharlal Nehru University, who discusses Hindu-Muslim violence at a hearing of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
*Gunter Mulack, the German Foreign Office's commissioner for Islamic affairs, who addresses the Middle East Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center.
*Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, who meets with Vice President Richard B. …