DIARY-Political and General News Events from Feb 23

PUBLISHED: Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:04:59 GMT
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TUESDAY, FEB. 23

** KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov will pay a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

** COLOMBO – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will embark on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka (to Feb. 24).

** KYIV – Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis will pay a working visit to Ukraine (to Feb. 24).

** PARIS – Macedonia foreign minister Bujar Osmani visit France. ** ANKARA – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets his Turkmenistan counterpart Rashid Meredov and holds a news conference. They then hold a trilateral meeting with Azeri counterpart Ceyhun Bayramov and a joint news conference – 1100 GMT. ** BERLIN – German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer speak at a summit to review Germany’s housing and construction policies – 1215 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for a Europe fit for the digital age Margrethe Vestager discusses the EU Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act with European lawmakers – 0830 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – EU Industry Days with speeches by Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament – 0900 GMT. ** PARIS – French President Macron will speak by videoconference during a debate organized by the United Nations Security Council on the links between climate change and threats to international peace and security – 1500 GMT.

MEXICO CITY – Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez visits Mexico (to Feb. 24) WELLINGTON – Deputy finance ministers of Asia-Pacific countries meet in preparation for APEC Summit in New Zealand. (to March 07)

COLOMBO – Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan holds bilateral meetings with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during a two-day visit to Sri Lanka. (to Feb. 24) MADRID – Spain’s economy minister Nadia Calvino speaks at plenary session in Senate – 1500 GMT. BRUSSELS – European Council, the Conference on the Future of Europe and the EU-UK relations will be on the agenda of the Informal video conference of European affairs ministers – 1000 GMT. WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden conducts his first bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, highlighting strong and deep partnership between two neighbours. COLOMBO – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka

BRUSSELS – EU Informal video conference of European affairs ministers.

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** BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president and digital commissioner Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on the EU Roaming Regulation. ** BRUSSELS – EU Industry Days with Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice-President, and Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank – 0900 GMT.

** BRUSSELS – NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mircea Geoană will meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland, Pekka Haavisto, at NATO Headquarters.

MADRID – Spain’s economy minister Nadia Calvino chairs a meeting to work on the recovery, transformation and resilience plan – 1600 GMT. MOSCOW – New President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov visits Moscow, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin (to Feb. 25) 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

MADRID – Spain’s economy affairs minister Nadia Calvino appears in the European Union parliament-senate combined committe – 1500 GMT. BRUSSELS – European Commissioner for humanitarian aid Janez Lenarcic debates the bloc’s humanitarian response during COVID-19 with European lawmakers – 1300 GMT.

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

BRUNEI – ASEAN+3 Finance and Central Bank Task Force Meeting via videoconference (to Mar. 4).

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

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THURSDAY, MAR. 4

DHAKA – Minister of External Affairs of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will visit Dhaka to do the groundwork for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Bangladesh towards the end of the month. LISBON – Informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers – Gymnich (to Mar. 5). VIENNA – The 14th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting via videoconference. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, MAR. 5

NICOSIA – EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell will visit Cyprus (to March 06). – – – – – – – – –

SATURDAY, MAR. 6

IVORY COAST – Ivory Coast holds legislative elections. SINGAPORE – First Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting.

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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

BRUNEI – ASEAN+3 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting via videoconference. BRUSSELS – European Council meeting (to Mar. 26). – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, MAR. 26

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

TUESDAY, MAR. 30

BRUNEI – 25th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting via videoconference.

BRUNEI – 7th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting via videoconference. – – – – – – – – –

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 – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, APR. 6

GREENLAND – Greenland holds general election. – – – – – – – – –

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

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SUNDAY, APR. 11

CHILE – Local and constitutional convention elections in Chile.

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

THURSDAY, APR. 15

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council (Cohesion) meeting. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APR. 16

BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers. (To Apr. 17)

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MONDAY, APR. 19

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, APR. 20

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, APR. 23

BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of environment ministers. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, APR. 25

ALBANIA – Parliament of Albania election. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, APR. 30

BENIN – Benin holds presidential elections.

CHAD – Chad holds presidential elections.

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