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—————————————————————————————- This Diary is filed daily. ** Indicates new events —————————————————————————————- THURSDAY, MAY 17 ** SOFIA - French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold meeting on the sidelines of EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Bulgaria – 0600 GMT. ** SOFIA - British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on the sidelines of the EU-Western Balkans summit – 0900 GMT. ** BUCHAREST - Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic visits Romania with a tour of the Black Sea Defence and Aerospace exhibition 2018, followed by a meeting with the Croatian community in Romania (to May 18).

** ARLINGTON, United States - U.S. Secretary of State James Mattis hosts honor cordon for Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev - 1330 GMT. ** SKOPJE - British Prime Minister Theresa May and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev meet in Macedonia for bilateral talks - 1500 GMT. ** ATHENS – President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid will hold an official visit to Greece (to May 18). ** PYONGYANG – Indian Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh in Pyongyang for talks with the North Korean government.

MOSCOW – Mongolian Foreign Minister Damdin Tsogtbaatar will visit Russia and meet Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov (Final Day).

MANILA - Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill starts an official 3-day visit to the Philippines and will meet President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang presidential palace (Final Day). PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - APEC Second Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM 2) (to May. 24). JAKARTA - 27th Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) (Final Day). NEW YORK, United States – United Nation General Assembly, Intergovernmental conference to adopt a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration and its preparatory process (to May. 18). WASHINGTON D.C. - Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy and Vice Premier Liu He will visit the United States (to May 19). BRUSSELS - Briefing by Bulgarian presidency of EU on EU trade ministers meeting on May 22 - 1200 GMT. WASHINGTON D.C. - Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to make an official visit to the United States, meet U.S. President Donald Trump (Final Day).

SOFIA, Bulgaria – UK Prime Minister Theresa May to meet with President of the European Council Donald Tusk.

BERN, Switzerland - Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Eduardo Rodríguez Parrilla meets Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis for talks - 1000 GMT.

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confer at the White House. RUSSIA - 15th ASEAN-Russia Senior Officials’ Meeting (ARSOM) (to May. 18). GLOBAL - World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

BURUNDI - Referendum election. NEW YORK, United States - Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, United Nations Forum on the Question of Palestine,”70 Years after 1948 - Lessons to Achieve a Sustainable Peace” (to May. 18). SOFIA - EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia. - - - - - - - - - FRIDAY, MAY 18 ** TOKYO – New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is travelling to Japan (to May 20). ** WASHINGTON, D.C. - IMF board meeting held in Washington as Argentina negotiates a high access standby agreement from the International Monetary Fund.

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. President Donald Trump and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres confer at the White House.

BRATISLAVA - GLOBSEC, Europe’s biggest global security conference, is attended by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and Hungarian, Czech, Slovak and Polish foreign ministers, the Estonian defense minister Juri Luik and other officials.

SOCHI, Russia - German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi for talks.

GLOBAL - International Museum Day.

NEW YORK, United States - Economic and Social Council, Special meeting of the Council on international cooperation in tax matters. - - - - - - - - - SATURDAY, MAY 19 KUALA LUMPUR – Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will visit Malaysia and meet newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. - - - - - - - - -

SUNDAY, MAY 20

** LONDON – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in three-day official visit to the United Kingdom (to May 22). SEOUL - Morocco Prime Minster Saad Eddine El Othmani will visit South Korea (to May 24). SARAJEVO - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan visits Bosnia and Herzegovina. VENEZUELA – Presidential elections.

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SOCHI, Russia – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sochi for an informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

SOFIA - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev is expected to make an official visit to Russia (to May 22).

BUENOS AIRES - G-20 Foreign Affairs Ministers meet in Buenos Aires.

NEW YORK, United States - Economic and Social Council, Substantive session, high-level segment, Development Cooperation Forum (to May. 22). - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, MAY 22 ** SANTIAGO - After participating in G20 meeting in Argentina, Britain’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson begins visit to Chile (to May 23).

COPENHAGEN - The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen and Greenland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs will host a high-level meeting (to May 23). KIEV - Estonia President Kersti Kaljulaid will visit Ukraine (to May 26). BRUSSELS - EU Foreign Affairs Council meets in Brussels (trade). WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. President Donald Trump will welcome his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, ahead of the scheduled meeting between Trump and the top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un.

GLOBAL - International Day for Biological Diversity.

BUCHAREST - OMFIF Economists Meeting with the National Bank of Romania. - - - - - - - - - WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

BRUSSELS - The European Business Summit’s annual 2-day conference at Egmont Palace in Brussels (to May 24). LUXEMBOURG - Official State visit of Dutch King and Queen to Luxembourg. BRUSSELS - European Economic Area Council meeting. - - - - - - - - - THURSDAY, MAY 24 ** PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron opens startups summit attended by Rwandan president Paul Kagame and several tech companies’ CEOs - 0730 GMT.

BRUSSELS - Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting (to May 25).

BARBADOS - Barbadian House of Assembly election. MOSCOW - French President Emmanuel Macron visits Russia (to May 25). BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting. - - - - - - - - - FRIDAY, MAY 25

IRELAND - Referendum election.

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – APEC ministers responsible for trade meeting (to May. 26). - - - - - - - - - SATURDAY, MAY 26 MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin holds meeting with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. - - - - - - - - -

SUNDAY, MAY 27 COLOMBIA - Presidential elections. - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, MAY 28 BRUSSELS - EU Foreign Affairs Council meets in Brussels. - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, MAY 29 NEW YORK – United Nations Meeting of the Chairs of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies, Thirtieth Session (to June 1).

TOKYO - Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang will make a visit to Japan for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito (to June 2). JAKARTA - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Indonesia (to May 31). PARIS - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum 2018 (to May 30).

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 WHISTLER, Canada - G7 finance and development ministers, as well as central bank governors will meet on the theme of “Investing in Growth that Works for Everyone” (to Jun. 2).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits Brazil. MIAMI, FL - Miami Beach International Fashion Week (to Jun. 3). - - - - - - - - -

THURSDAY, MAY 31 ** BRASILIA - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence meets Brazil President Michel Temer and cabinet ministers.

GLOBAL - World No Tobacco Day. - - - - - - - - -

FRIDAY, JUNE 1

KATHMANDU - 17th anniversary of Nepal King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya and eight other members of the royal family assassinated by Crown Prince in royal family massacre.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 3 SLOVENIA - Slovenian National Assembly election. - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, JUNE 4 WASHINGTON – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. VEINNA - United Nations IAEA, Board of Governors meeting (to Jun 8).

LUXEMBOURG – EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting (to Jun 5).

HONOLULU – Japan Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko to visit Hawaii (to June 7). CHILE – 7th anniversary of Chile’s Puyehue volcano eruption, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia. HONG KONG - Tens of thousands attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. JOHANNESBURG - BRICS Foreign Ministers meets ahead of annual summit (to Jun. 5). SINGAPORE - 34th High Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration (HLTF– EI) (to Jun. 5). SINGAPORE - ASEAN SOM, ASEAN Plus Three (APT) SOM, East Asia Summit (EAS) SOM, and ASEAN Regional Forum SOM (to Jun. 7).

JOHANNESBURG - Foreign ministers of the BRICS group of emerging economies meet ahead of the July 25-27 main summit (to Jun. 5). - - - - - - - - -

TUESDAY, JUNE 5

GLOBAL - World Environment Day.

VIENNA - Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Austria.

KOKOPO, Papua New Guinea - Second Senior Finance Officials’ Meeting (to Jun. 8).

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QUEBEC, Canada – G7 Summit (to June 9). CHARLEVOIX, Canada - Canada will host the G7 meeting in Charlevoix (to Jun. 9). - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, JUNE 11 RIGA - Netherland King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will visit to Latvia (to Jun. 12). - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, JUNE 12 SINGAPORE - U.S. President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, JUNE 18 GENEVA – United Nations Human Rights Council, Thirty-eighth session (to Jul 6). - - - - - - - - -

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 LUXEMBOURG CITY – Eurogroup meeting. GENEVA - Pope Francis pays a one-day visit to Geneva. - - - - - - - - - FRIDAY, JUNE 22

LUXEMBOURG - EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting. - - - - - - - - - SUNDAY, JUNE 24 TURKEY - Grand National Assembly of Turkey election. - - - - - - - - - MONDAY, JUNE 25 GENEVA – United Nations Human Rights Committee, pre-sessional Working Group on Communications, 123rd session (to Jun 29).

LUXEMBOURG CITY - EU Foreign Affairs Council meets. - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, JUNE 26 LUXEMBOURG CITY - EU General Affairs Council meeting. - - - - - - - - - THURSDAY, JUNE 28 BRUSSLES - European Council meets (to Jun. 29). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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