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—————————————————————————————- This Diary is filed daily. ** Indicates new events ————————————————————————————— WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 ** KEIV - Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen is in Ukraine to meet President Petro Poroshenko (to Mar 15).

** PARIS - Germany’s new Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to meet his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian - 1930 GMT. ** JAKARTA – Singapore Senior Minister of State (SMS), Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman is on an working visit to Jakarta and Surabaya (to March 15).

** BRAZIL - World Social Forum 2018 (to Mar 17). ** SINGAPORE - Prime Minister of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina is visiting Singapore (Final day).

** MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss the situation in Syria. ** HAVANA - Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta is travelled to Cuba (to Mar 16). ** ASTANA - President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon has arrived in Kazakhstan on an official visit.

ATHENS - President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is paying an official visit to Greece and meets Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens (Final Day).

TOKYO - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena meets Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese Emperor Akihito during his visit to Japan (Final Day). KHARTOUM - Qatari deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Mohammed Bin Abdel Rahman Al Thani, arrives in Sudan (Final Day). GENEVA - United Nations Human Rights Council, 37th session (to March 23). GENEVA – 88th Geneva International Motor Show (to March 18). MOSCOW - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu starts his three-day visit to Russia (Final Day) WELLINGTON - Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits New Zealand & meet New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Wellington.(Final Day). TOKYO - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will pay an official visit to Japan (to Mar 17). GENEVA - United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, sixty third session (to Mar. 29). GENEVA - United Nations Human Rights Committee, 122nd session (to Apr. 6). PARIS - Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change meet in France (to Mar 16). BAKU - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visit Baku to attend 6th Global Baku Forum and meets Azerbaijani prime minister Artur Rasizade as well as Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Parliament Speaker Oktay Asadov. At the forum, Yildirim will deliver a speech at a session titled “Power: Big Powers and the Others.”(to Mar 15).

KIEV - Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Ukraine.

HELSINKI - European Council President Donald Tusk is due to meet Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila to discuss Brexit and other topical EU issues - 0830 GMT.

ASTANA - Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon will visit Kazakhstan. TEHRAN - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will pay an official visit to Iran. - - - - - - - - - THURSDAY, MARCH 15 ** ASTANA - Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will pay a working visit to Kazakhstan.

** SOFIA, Bulgaria - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will meet Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov during a one-day visit to Bulgaria.

** SOFIA, Bulgaria - EU Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic to attend an energy conference in Sofia.

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House.

BAKU - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visits Baku to meet with Azerbaijani, Georgian and Iranian counterparts.

WASHINGTON D.C. - South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha [Kang Kyo’ng-hwa] will hold talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington (to Mar 17).

DUBLIN, Ireland - St. Patrick’s Festival (to March 19). GLOBAL - World Day of Action against Seal Hunting. LONDON - Robert Ophele, chair of the authorities of financial markets, France’s stock market regulator, gives an OMFIF City Lecture in London. SOFIA - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will meet Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov during a one-day visit to Bulgaria.

BRUSSELS - The European Union Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on social policy meeting.

- - - - - - - - - FRIDAY, MARCH 16 HALABJA, Iraq - 30th anniversary of 5000 civilian Kurds being killed in Iraqi chemical weapons attack.

ASTANA - Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Mohammad Javad Zarif, meet in the Kazakh capital city of Astana. - - - - - - - - -

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 ** BAKU - OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan (to Mar 19).

PORTLAND, United States - IAAF World Indoor Championships 2016 (to March 20) SYDNEY - ASEAN-Australia Special Summit (to Mar. 18).

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18

SINGAPORE – ASEAN 24th Meeting of Senior Officials Committee for the ASCC (SOCA) (to Mar. 22). - - - - - - - - -

MONDAY, MARCH 19 BUENOS AIRES - G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Buenos Aires (to March 20).

EGYPT – 7th anniversary of Egyptian referendum on constitutional reforms. GENEVA - United Nations Human Rights Council, Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, Twenty-second session (to Mar. 23). BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. - - - - - - - - -

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 WASHINGTON D.C.- Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to visit White House.

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. - - - - - - - - -

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 GLOBAL - World Water Day. INDONESIA – 2nd Meeting of the Senior Economic Officials for the 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (SEOM 2/49) and Related Meetings (to Mar. 29). BRUSSELS - European Council meeting (to Mar 23). - - - - - - - - - FRIDAY, MARCH 23 ** KEIV - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Ukraine.

BUDAPEST - Polish President Andrzej Duda to visit Hungary (to March 24). - - - - - - - - - SATURDAY, MARCH 24 GLOBAL - World Tuberculosis Day. - - - - - - - - -

MONDAY, MARCH 26 VARNA, Bulgaria - EU-Turkey leaders’ meeting in Varna (Bulgaria). - - - - - - - - -

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 NEW YORK - United Nations High-level International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, Organizational session. - - - - - - - - - SATURDAY, MARCH 31 DUBAI - HORSE RACING - 2018 Dubai World Cup. - - - - - - - - - SUNDAY, APRIL 1 ** IRAN - Independence Day

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MONDAY, APRIL 2 ** GLOBAL - World Autism Awareness Day. ** BUENOS AIRES - Argentina marks 36th anniversary of start of Falklands war.

- - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, APRIL 3 ** ANKARA - Meeting of the Russian-Turkish High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) involving Russian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be held in Ankara. - - - - - - - - -

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 ** GLOBAL - International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. - - - - - - - - -

THURSDAY, APRIL 5 ** AUGUSTA, United States - U.S. Masters Golf 2016 (to April 8). ** SINGAPORE - 22nd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting (to Apr. 6). - - - - - - - - -

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 ** SAHARA DESERT, Morocco - Desert Marathon Des sables (to Apr 16). - - - - - - - - -

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 ** GLOBAL - World Health Organisation observes World Health Day. - - - - - - - - - SUNDAY, APRIL 8 ** WASHINGTON/MOSCOW - 6th anniversary of signing a new 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. - - - - - - - - -

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 ** SMOLENSK, Russia/CRACOW, Poland - 8th Anniversary of the Smolensk Tragedy to be held in Smolensk, Russia, as well as in Poland.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 12 LUXEMBOURG - EU General Affairs Council meeting. - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, APRIL 16 LUXEMBOURG - EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, APRIL 17 LUXEMBOURG - EU General Affairs Council meeting. - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, APRIL 23 ** SHANGHAI - External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to China on April 23-24 to attend the foreign ministers’ meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (to Apr 24).

WASHINGTON D.C. - French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the United States (to April 25). - - - - - - - - - FRIDAY, APRIL 27 SOFIA - Eurogroup meeting. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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