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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31

** BAGHDAD – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to visit Saudi Arabia to enhance bilateral relations. ** ISTANBUL – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan takes part via videolink in a Turkic Council heads of state virtual summit. He also meets Azeri Deputy Prime Minister Sahin Mustafayev – 1100 GMT. ** MOSCOW – Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov to speak at Valdai discussion club meeting on Middle East – 1200 GMT. ** VIENNA – OPEC and allies, known as OPEC+, meet to decide on oil output policy. Meetings start with the joint ministerial monitoring committee on March 31, followed by a full ministerial meeting on April 1.

TASHKENT – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will make official visit to Uzbekistan (Final Day) MOSCOW – Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov will make a working visit to Russia (To April 2). BEIJING – Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will make a two-day trip to Fujian, China (Final Day). DUSHANBE – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is scheduled to visit Tajikistan (Final Day).

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

BEIJING – Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin will visit China (To April 2).

CAIRO – Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Egypt. BRUSSELS – European Commissioner for employment Nicolas Schmit speaks on the EU action plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights at online event – 1600 GMT.

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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THURSDAY, APR. 1

** MOSCOW – Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov to meet his counterpart from Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov – 1300 GMT.

** MOSCOW – Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian will visit Moscow. Aivazian will attend a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). ** BEIJING – Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein to make an official visit to China (To April 2).

BUDAPEST – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Italy’s League leader Matteo Salvini and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will meet for talks in Budapest.

GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), and European Council President Charles Michel to give news conference on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and proposal for an international treaty.

GENEVA – French Economy Minister Bruno Lemaire meets with WTO director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – 0900 GMT. 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

** MOSCOW – Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov to meet foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

** BEIJING – Chung Eui-yong, foreign minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK), will pay a visit to China (To April 3).

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

ANKARA – The Presidents of the European Council Charles Michel and the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey.

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

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7

WASHINGTON DC – IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President David Malpass speak at the IMF / World Bank 2021 Spring meetings.

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 8

WASHINGTON DC – IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, FED Chairman Jerome Powell, and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speak on the global economy at the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings.

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW – 10th anniversary of signing a bilateral treaty between Russia and the 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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SATURDAY, APRIL 10

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.

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

DUBLIN – EU economics commissioner Paolo Gentiloni speaks at Irish conference – 0900 GMT.

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

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. – – – – – – – – –

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.

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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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SATURDAY, MAY 08 ** PORTO, Portugal – EU-India summit. – – – – – – – – –

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. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, MAY 21 ** PORTUGAL – EU Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers, (To May 22). – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, MAY 23

CYPRUS – Cypriot House of Representatives election. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

CAYMAN ISLANDS – Cayman Legislative Assembly election.

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