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March 22 (Reuters) –

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MONDAY, MARCH 22

** BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will visit Brunei Darussalam. ** DHAKA – Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Monday left for a two-day state visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of her Bangladeshi counterpart President Abdul Hamid (to Mar. 24). ** BRUSSELS – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Brussels to meet with NATO foreign ministers and European Union officials, as the Biden administration seeks to repair Washington’s transatlantic ties (to Mar. 25). ** BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a news conference after meeting with state prime ministers to discuss the coronavirus situation and lockdown. ** RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud will hold a press conference in Riyadh. ** MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s economy minister Tatiana Clouthier will speak at American Chamber/Mexico event focused on the U.S.-Mexican economic recovery. ** BRUSSELS – EU foreign ministers are briefed about current affairs and exchange views on the ‘southern neighborhood’ and Turkey. Ministers also due to agree sanctions on Myanmar and China – 0830 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – EU antitrust chief Vestager to hold conference with Portuguese econ minister Pedro Siza Vieria after EU competitiveness event – 1115 GMT. ** PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris – 1300 GMT. BEIJING – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit China at the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. (To Mar. 23) GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), holds a news conference on the latest developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a news conference ahead of foreign ministers meeting – 1200 GMT

NEW DELHI – Afghan foreign minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar will visit India (to Mar. 24).

GLOBAL – World Water Day. BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MARCH 23

** BRUSSELS – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends his first meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels – 1000 GMT. ** LONDON – OECD hosts conference on protection gap for pandemic risk, speakers include OECD secretary general Angel Gurria, Marsh President Flavio Piccolomini, SCOR CEO Denis Kessler (to Mar. 24) ** BRUSSELS – Executive Vice President of the European Commission vice-president, Margrethe Vestager speaks on digital taxation and state aid in the tax area in European Parliament – 1600 GMT. ** KUALA LUMPUR – Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan will be on a two day working visit to Malaysia (to Mar. 24).

BRUSSELS – The European Commission, OECD and IMF speak on the EU’s plan to impose carbon costs on imports of polluting goods into the bloc, at a virtual event hosted by France. – 1430 GMT

LONDON – UK finance minister Rishi Sunak and his Italian counterpart Daniele Franco speak about the priorities for their presidencies of the G7 and G20 groups that they are chairing this year with a focus on sustainable recovery from the pandemic and achieving net-zero targets including via green finance. – 1230 GMT

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BRUSSELS – The foreign ministers of the NATO member states will meet in person for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic from March 23 to 24 in Brussels. GLOBAL – World Meteorological Day. BRUSSELS – Informal video conference of European affairs ministers ISRAEL – Israeli Knesset election. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24

ATHENS – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will visit Athens (to Mar. 25).

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans gives a news conference on the EU’s action plan “for the development of organic production: on the way to 2030.” GLOBAL – World Tuberculosis Day. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MARCH 25

** CAMPECHE, MEXICO – Mexican President Lopez Obrador receives his Bolivian counterpart Luis Arce to attend an event to commemorate the resistance of native people.

ANKARA – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with Turkish leaders in capital Ankara.

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

FRIDAY, MARCH 26 GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), to hold a news conference on the latest developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BRUSSELS – Euro Summit.

DHAKA – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Bangladesh (to Mar. 27). – – – – – – – – – SUNDAY, MARCH 28

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TAIPEI – Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. visits Taiwan. (To Apr. 1)

BULGARIA – Bulgarian National Assembly Election. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, MARCH 29

GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), holds a news conference on the latest developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BRUSSELS – The European Commission hosts the fifth Brussels Conference in virtual format on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region.” (To MARCH 30) – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MARCH 30

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

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

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice 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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** BRUSSELS – Keynote speech of EU commission head Ursula von der Leyen at the German Symposium – 1100 GMT.

VIENNA – 15th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting via videoconference. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, APR. 2

GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), holds a news conference on the latest developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. – – – – – – – – –

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SUNDAY, APRIL 4

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 6

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 9 WASHINGTON D.C. – Annual meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and IMF, Spring meetings (to April 11). WASHINGTON – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is likely to meet U.S. President Joe Biden

SAMOA – Samoan Legislative Assembly election.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 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. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14 ANKARA – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to meet his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in Turkey. 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 Margaritis Schinas gives a press conference on the “EU Agenda to tackle organized crime (2021-2025)” and on a new “EU strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings.” – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APRIL 15

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

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BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting.

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

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SUNDAY, APRIL 18

CAPE VERDE – Cape Verde holds legislative election. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, APRIL 19

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

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice president Valdis Dombrovskis gives a press conference on a communication on a climate change mitigation and adaptation taxonomy. BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis gives a news conference on the review of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive. BRUSSELS – European Commission digital chief Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on artificial intelligence and on “A trusted and secure European e-ID.” – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APRIL 22

PORTUGAL – Informal meeting of energy ministers – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APRIL 23

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

SUNDAY, APRIL 25

ALBANIA – Parliament of Albania election. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, APRIL 26

NEW DELHI – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be visiting India. It will be his first visit abroad since the UK left the European Union. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, APRIL 27

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic speaks to press regarding better regulation in the EU – 1000 GMT. 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.” – – – – – – – – –

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FRIDAY, APRIL 30

BENIN – Benin holds presidential elections.

CHAD – Chad holds presidential elections. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAY 4 BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council (Defence) meeting. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAY 6

SCOTLAND (PART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM)- Scottish Parliament election. WALES – National Assembly for Wales Election.

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MONDAY, MAY 10

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

TUESDAY, MAY 11

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – MONDAY, MAY 17 BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet – 1300 GMT

WELLINGTON – Trade ministers of Asia-Pacific countries meet ahead of the APEC Summit in New Zealand (to May 30)

BRUSSELS – EU Informal General Affairs Council meeting.

BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, MAY 18

LUCERNE, Switzerland – World Economic Forum holds annual meeting (to May. 21).

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

THURSDAY, MAY 20

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) meeting.

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