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THURSDAY, MARCH 25 ** BRUSSELS – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Belgium’s Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes during his visit to Brussels – 0900 GMT. ** JAKARTA – Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan visits Jakarta to meet Indonesian counterpart – 0930 GMT. ** ANKARA – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in capital Ankara – 1400 GMT. ** NAIROBI – Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta to address the nation on COVID-19. ** BRUSSELS – EU leaders hold video conference summit to discuss COVID-19, the Single Market, industrial policy, digital transformation and the economy, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and relations with Russia – 1200 GMT ** BRUSSELS – European Parliament President David Sassoli holds a news conference in Brussels – 1340 GMT. ** TRIPOLI – French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German foreign minister Heiko Maas, and Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio meet with the new Libyan unity government in Tripoli. ** BRUSSELS – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel give a joint news conference after the EU leaders video conference summit. ** NEW DELHI – South Korea’s Defence Minister Suh Wook visit to India (to Mar. 27).

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DHAKA – Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering visits Bangladesh (final day).

SEOUL – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will begin a two-day visit to South Korea (final day).

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 (final day). RIYADH/ANKARA/TEHRAN/ABU DHABI/MANAMA/MUSCAT – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay official visits to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and working visit to Oman (to Mar. 30).

ATHENS – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will visit Athens (final day).

SEOUL – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov holds talks with his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong in Seoul – 0130 GMT. SEOUL – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong hold a joint news conference following a bilateral meeting in Seoul – 0300 GMT. ATHENS – Britain’s Prince Charles meets with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his visit to Greece to commemorate the country’s bicentenary Independence Day anniversary – 1015 GMT. PARIS – French health minister Olivier Veran (possibly with PM Jean Castex) holds news conference on latest COVID-19 restrictions – 1700 GMT. CAMPECHE, MEXICO – Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his Bolivian counterpart Luis Arce attend an event to commemorate the resistance of native people – 1630 GMT. BRUSSELS – U.S. President Biden to join EU leaders video conference – 1945 GMT. MADRID – Spain’s economy minister, Nadia Calvino, speaks at event on the country’s economic recovery: “Digital Angermayer Policy & Innovation Forum – Spain’s Economic Recovery after COVID-19” – 1500 GMT. CAMPECHE, MEXICO – Mexican President Lopez Obrador receives his Bolivian counterpart Luis Arce to attend an event to commemorate the resistance of native people.

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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 BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez, hold a virtual meeting with his counterparts from Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mercosur economic group. 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

ATHENS – EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson will visit Greece (to Mar. 30).

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

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MONDAY, MARCH 29

** TAIPEI CITY – Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr visits Taiwan. 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) – – – – – – – – –

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TUESDAY, MARCH 30

** MILAN – Online conference on hydrogen with Italy’s Energy Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani and the CEOs of Enel, Eni, Snam, Italgas, and others – 0730 GMT. 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

** GLOBAL – World Autism Awareness Day.

** BUENOS AIRES – Argentina marks 39th anniversary of start of Falklands war. 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. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, APRIL 4

** GLOBAL – International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. SOFIA – Bulgarians vote in a parliamentary election BULGARIA – Bulgarian National Assembly Election.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 6

** TRIPOLI – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has announced that he would visit Libya (to April 7).

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7

** GLOBAL – World Health Organisation observes World Health Day. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APRIL 8

** WASHINGTON/MOSCOW – 10th anniversary of signing a bilateral treaty between the Russia and United States on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, START-2 (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty).

** GLOBAL – International Roma Nation Day. – – – – – – – – –

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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** SMOLENSK, Russia/CRACOW, Poland – 11th Anniversary of the Smolensk Tragedy to be held in Smolensk, Russia, as well as in Poland.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 11

** FRANCE – 10th Anniversary of the French law banning the burqa and niqab.

** ABIDJAN – 10th anniversary of the arrest of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo by supporters of president-elect Alassane Ouattara with the help of French forces, thereby ending the 2010-2011 Ivorian crisis and civil war.

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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. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, APRIL 12

** GLOBAL – International Day of Human Space Flight. – – – – – – – – –

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

** BELFAST/NEW YORK – 108th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council (Cohesion) meeting. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

** VATICAN CITY – 94th birthday of Pope Benedict. 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

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** UNITED STATES – 11th anniversary of Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

** LONDON – Queen Elizabeth to celebrate her 95th birthday.

** PARIS – 60th anniversary of the first manned mission to space. 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

** GLOBAL – Earth Day. PORTUGAL – Informal meeting of energy ministers – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APRIL 23

** GLOBAL – U.N. World Book and Copyright Day. BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of environment ministers. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, APRIL 25

** GLOBAL – World Malaria Day. ALBANIA – Parliament of Albania election. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, APRIL 26

** GLOBAL – World Immunization Week 2021 (to May 2). 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. – – – – – – – – –

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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.” – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

** PORT ARTHUR, Tasmania – 23rd anniversary of Port Arthur Massacre in Tasmania. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APRIL 29

** LONDON – 10th wedding anniversary of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APRIL 30

Djibouti – President election.

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)

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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. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, MAY 23

CYPRUS – Cypriot House of Representatives election. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

CAYMAN ISLANDS – Cayman Legislative Assembly election.

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