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DIARY-Political and General News Events from Feb. 17

PUBLISHED: Wed, 17 Feb 2021 12:04:35 GMT

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—————————————————————- This diary is filed daily. ** Indicates new events —————————————————————- WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17 ** NUR-SULTAN/DUSHANBE/ASHGABAT – Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov’s visit to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan (to Feb. 18). ** CHIȘINAU – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde will visit Moldova.

** LONDON – Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, India’s Petroleum Minister OPEC Secretary General and Occidental Petroleum CEO speak at an energy forum organised by the IEA and OPEC.

** BRUSSELS – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton give a news conference on the EU’s biodefence preparedness program meant to increase the bloc’s capabilities to identify variants of the new coronavirus. – 1130 GMT

CAIRO – Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi visits Egypt (final day).

MOSCOW – Russian foreign minister Lavrov meets Armenian counterpart Ara Aivazian to discuss the implementation of the agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan around the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.

BRUSSELS – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell presents a joint communication on strengthening the EU’s contribution to rules-based multilateralism.

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas gives a press conference on the EU’s bio-defence preparedness program. KRAKOW – President of the European Council, Charles Michel attends meeting of Visegrad Four leaders in Krakow, Poland. BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager presents the EU’s action plan on synergies between civil, defence and space industries. BRUSSELS – NATO Defence Ministers hold video conference (To Feb 18)

PRISTINA – 13th anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, FEB. 19

** HELSINKI – Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas is to visit Helsinki to meet her Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin and President of Finland Sauli Niinisto.

** BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds news conference following a virtual summit with G7 leaders – 1500 GMT

** LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set to make statement after hosting virtual meeting of G7 leaders.

MUNICH – US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to speak at the Special Edition 2021 of the Munich Security Conference

BRUSSELS – Informal video conference of the members of the EU-Tajikistan Cooperation Council. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, FEB. 21

NIGER – Niger holds second round of presidential election

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MONDAY, FEB. 22

** GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), to give press conference on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. WELLINGTON – Deputy finance ministers of Asia-Pacific countries meet in preparation for APEC Summit in New Zealand. (to March 07) – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, FEB. 23 COLOMBO – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka

BRUSSELS – EU Informal video conference of European affairs ministers.

– – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24 CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s finance minister Tito Mboweni to present the April 2021-March 2022 fiscal year budget to parliament. – 1200 GMT

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador meets Argentina counterpart, Alberto Fernandez. AMLO invited Fernandez to attend Mexico’s 200 Independence anniversary celebrations.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 25

BRUSSELS – Video conference of the members of the European Council. (To Feb. 26)

BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet to discuss macroeconomic developments and policy prospects in the euro zone – 1400 GMT. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, FEB. 26

BRUSSELS – EU leaders hold video conference on on security and defence and on the EU’s Southern Neighborhood. – 0800 GMT.

ROME – G20 Meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, videoconference (to Feb. 27). – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, FEB. 28

EL SALVADOR – Salvadorian Legislative Assembly election.

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MONDAY, MAR. 1

BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández addresses the Parliament at the opening of the annual sessions.

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TUESDAY, MAR. 02

LISBON – Informal meeting of defence ministers (to Mar. 3)

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF – Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia election.

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WEDNESDAY, MAR. 03

BANGKOK – Thailand Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith speaks at a business seminar – 0530 GMT.

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THURSDAY, MAR. 4

LISBON – Informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers – Gymnich (to Mar. 5). VIENNA – The 14th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting via videoconference. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, MAR. 7

BOLIVIA – Local elections in Bolivia – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAR. 09

BRUSSELS – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell, speaks on EU’s humanitarian aid in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on “Europe’s Digital Decade: 2030 Digital Targets.” – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAR. 11

BRUSSELS – EU Justice and Home Affairs Council (to Mar. 12) – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, MAR. 14

STUTTGART, Germany – Baden Wuerttemberg state elections. MAINZ, Germany – The German state of Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland Pfalz) holds state elections.

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MONDAY, MAR. 15 BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet – 1400 GMT.

BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting.

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BRUSSELS – EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 17

BRUSSELS – European Commission Pice-president Maros Sefcovic speaks to press regarding better regulation in the EU – 1100 GMT. BRUSSELS – European Commission Vice-President Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on “Updating the new industrial strategy for Europe”. NETHERLANDS – Dutch Second Chamber election. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAR. 18

BRUSSELS – EU Environment Council

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MONDAY, MAR. 22

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAR. 23

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. ISRAEL – Israeli Knesset election. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAR. 25

BRUSSELS – European Council meeting (to Mar. 26). – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, MAR. 26

DHAKA – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Bangladesh. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 31

BRUSSELS – European Commission Pice-president Frans Timmermans gives a news conference on the EU’s action plan for the development of organic production: on the way to 2030. CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE) – President election.

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SUNDAY, APR. 4

SOFIA – Bulgarians vote in a parliamentary election – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APR. 9 SAMOA – Samoan Legislative Assembly election.

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SUNDAY, APR. 11

CHAD – Chad holds presidential elections. ECUADOR – Ecuador holds second round of presidential elections for 2021-2025 term. PERU – Peru holds presidential elections. BENIN – Benin holds presidential elections.

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