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—————————————————————- This diary is filed daily. ** Indicates new events —————————————————————- FRIDAY, MAR. 5 ** ROME – Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio holds a joint news conference with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian after meeting for talks – 1315 GMT. ** SARAJEVO – Slovenian President Borut Pahor visits Bosnia and will meet Bosnia’s three-man presidency to discuss the country’s path towards the European Union accession, the pandemics and migrants crisis. ** BRUSSELS – EU Council President Charles Michel holds a video conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel – 1400 GMT.

** MOSCOW – Belarusian Défense Minister Lieut. Gen. Viktor Khrenin is on a working visit to Russia (Final Day). BAGHDAD – Pope Francis meets Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi upon arrival at Baghdad airport.(To Mar. 8)

ATHENS – EU Migration Commissioner Margaritis Schinas visits Greece (to Mar.6) BERLIN – 71st Berlin International Film Festival (Final Day).

LISBON – Informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers – Gymnich (Final Day). 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. NICOSIA – EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visits Cyprus as rival communities on the ethnically-split island prepare for another round of consultations to ease a logjam in reunification talks.

MOSCOW – 68th death anniversary of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. NICOSIA – EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell will visit Cyprus (to March 06). – – – – – – – – – SATURDAY, MAR. 6

KHARTOUM – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi will visit Khartoum, Sudan. IVORY COAST – Ivory Coast holds legislative elections. SINGAPORE – First Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting.

– – – – – – – – – SUNDAY, MAR. 7

BOLIVIA – Local elections in Bolivia – – – – – – – – – MONDAY, MAR. 8

** ABU DHABI/ RIYADH/ DOHA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar (To Mar.12) ** NICOSIA – Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visits Cyprus on Monday to discuss bilateral issues and disputes with Turkey.

GLOBAL – International Women’s Day. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, MAR. 9 BERLIN – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets with counterpart from Bosnia and Herzegovina Bisera Turkovic – 1000 GMT.

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.” – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 10 ** BERLIN – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi – 1200 GMT.

TIBET – 62nd anniversary of Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fleeing into exile after a failed uprising. – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, MAR. 11

CAIRO – Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Egypt. TASHKENT – President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov will visit Uzbekistan (To Mar 12).

SENDAI, Japan – 10th anniversary of Sendai earthquake and tsunami. BRUSSELS – EU Justice and Home Affairs Council (to Mar. 12) – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, MAR. 12

BRUSSELS – Keynote speech by EU commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the German Symposium – 1000 GMT. DUBLIN, Ireland – St. Patrick’s Festival (to Mar. 17) – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, MAR. 14 STUTTGART, Germany – Baden Wuerttemberg state elections. MAINZ, Germany – The German state of Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland Pfalz) holds state elections.

– – – – – – – – – MONDAY, MAR. 15 TOKYO – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are to visit Japan.

BRUSSELS – EU Informal videoconference of foreign affairs and home affairs ministers meeting. GLOBAL – World Day of Action against Seal Hunting.

DAMASCUS – Syria marks the 10th anniversary of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet – 1400 GMT. BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting.

– – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, MAR. 16 BRUSSELS – Informal video conference of health ministers HALABJA, Iraq – 33rd anniversary of 5,000 civilian Kurds being killed in Iraqi chemical weapons attack. BRUSSELS – EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 17 BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas gives a press conference on COVID-19. ITALY – Anniversary of the unification of Italy

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 – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, MAR. 19 CURACAO – Estates of Curacao election.

EGYPT – 10th anniversary of Egyptian referendum on constitutional reforms. – – – – – – – – – MONDAY, MAR. 22 GLOBAL – World Water Day. BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAR. 23 GLOBAL – World Meteorological Day. BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. ISRAEL – Israeli Knesset election. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 24 GLOBAL – World Tuberculosis Day. – – – – – – – – –

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. – – – – – – – – –

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. – – – – – – – – –

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

– – – – – – – – – MONDAY, APR. 19

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, APR. 20 BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, APR. 21

BRUSSELS – European Commission digital chief Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on artificial intelligence and on “A trusted and secure European e-ID.” – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, APR. 22

PORTUGAL – Informal meeting of energy ministers – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, APR. 23

BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of environment ministers. – – – – – – – – – SUNDAY, APR. 25

ALBANIA – Parliament of Albania election. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, APR. 27

BRUSSELS – European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Commissioner for Budget Johannes Hahn give a press conference on Next Generation EU funding strategy. BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on “Updating the new industrial strategy for Europe.” – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, APR. 30

BENIN – Benin holds presidential elections. CHAD – Chad holds presidential elections.

TUESDAY, May. 4 BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council (Defence) meeting. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – NOTE: The inclusion of diary items does not necessarily mean that Reuters will file a story based on the event.

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