DIARY-Political and General News Events from Feb. 19

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DIARY-Political and General News Events from Feb. 19

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—————————————————————- This diary is filed daily. ** Indicates new events —————————————————————- FRIDAY, FEB. 19 ANKARA – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visits Azerbaijan for a trilateral meeting with his Azeri and Georgian counterparts. He also meets Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and holds bilateral meetings with the two countries’ foreign ministers (final day). BAKU – Georgian deputy prime minister, Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan. (final day)

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. President Joe Biden conducts his first event with other leaders from Group of Seven nations in virtual meeting to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, world economy and dealing with China. MUNICH, Germany – French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at the Special Edition 2021 of the Munich Security Conference – 1700 GMT BRUSSELS – NATO Defence Ministers hold video conference (final day)

HELSINKI – Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas is to visit Helsinki to meet her Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin and President of Finland Sauli Niinisto. BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds news conference following a virtual summit with G7 leaders – 1500 GMT

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set to make statement after hosting virtual meeting of G7 leaders. MUNICH – US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to speak at the Special Edition 2021 of the Munich Security Conference

BRUSSELS – Informal video conference of the members of the EU-Tajikistan Cooperation Council. – – – – – – – – – SATURDAY, FEB. 20

** MALE/PORT LOUIS – External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar will undertake a visit to the Maldives and Mauritius. (To Feb. 23) – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, FEB. 21 NIGER – Niger holds second round of presidential election

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** MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin holds talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko. PARIS – OECD holds virtual 20th International Economic Forum on Africa. GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, directorgeneral of the World Health Organization (WHO), to give press conference on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. WELLINGTON – Deputy finance ministers of Asia-Pacific countries meet in preparation for APEC Summit in New Zealand. (to March 07) – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, FEB. 23 COLOMBO – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka

BRUSSELS – EU Informal video conference of European affairs ministers. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24 CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s finance minister Tito Mboweni to present the April 2021-March 2022 fiscal year budget to parliament. – 1200 GMT

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador meets Argentina counterpart, Alberto Fernandez. AMLO invited Fernandez to attend Mexico’s 200 Independence anniversary celebrations. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, FEB. 25 ** BRUSSELS – European Commissioner for humanitarian aid Janez Lenarcic debates the bloc’s humanitarian response during COVID-19 with European lawmakers – 1300 GMT. BRUSSELS – Video conference of the members of the European Council. (To Feb. 26)

BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet to discuss macroeconomic developments and policy prospects in the euro zone – 1400 GMT. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, FEB. 26

BRUSSELS – EU leaders hold video conference on on security and defence and on the EU’s Southern Neighborhood. – 0800 GMT. ROME – G20 Meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, videoconference (to Feb. 27). – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, FEB. 28 EL SALVADOR – Salvadorian Legislative Assembly election.

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BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández addresses the Parliament at the opening of the annual sessions. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAR. 02 LISBON – Informal meeting of defence ministers (to Mar. 3)

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF – Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia election. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 03 ** BRUNEI – ASEAN+3 Finance and Central Bank Task Force Meeting via videoconference (to Mar. 4).

BANGKOK – Thailand Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith speaks at a business seminar – 0530 GMT. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAR. 4 DHAKA – Minister of External Affairs of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will visit Dhaka to do the groundwork for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Bangladesh towards the end of the month. LISBON – Informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers – Gymnich (to Mar. 5). VIENNA – The 14th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting via videoconference. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, MAR. 5

NICOSIA – EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell will visit Cyprus (to March 06). – – – – – – – – – SATURDAY, MAR. 6

** IVORY COAST – Ivory Coast holds legislative elections. ** SINGAPORE – First Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, MAR. 7 BOLIVIA – Local elections in Bolivia – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAR. 09 BRUSSELS – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell, speaks on EU’s humanitarian aid in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on “Europe’s Digital Decade: 2030 Digital Targets.” – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, MAR. 11

BRUSSELS – EU Justice and Home Affairs Council (to Mar. 12) – – – – – – – – – SUNDAY, MAR. 14

STUTTGART, Germany – Baden Wuerttemberg state elections. MAINZ, Germany – The German state of Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland Pfalz) holds state elections. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, MAR. 15 BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet – 1400 GMT. BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting.

– – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, MAR. 16 BRUSSELS – EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 17 BRUSSELS – European Commission Pice-president Maros Sefcovic speaks to press regarding better regulation in the EU – 1100 GMT. BRUSSELS – European Commission Vice-President Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on “Updating the new industrial strategy for Europe”. NETHERLANDS – Dutch Second Chamber election. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAR. 18 BRUSSELS – EU Environment Council

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BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, MAR. 23

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. ISRAEL – Israeli Knesset election. – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, MAR. 25

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

DHAKA – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Bangladesh. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, MAR. 30

** BRUNEI – 25th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting via videoconference. ** BRUNEI – 7th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting via videoconference. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 31 BRUSSELS – European Commission Pice-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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SOFIA – Bulgarians vote in a parliamentary election – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, APR. 6

** GREENLAND – Greenland holds general election. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, APR. 9 SAMOA – Samoan Legislative Assembly election.

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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. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APR. 15 BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council (Cohesion) meeting. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APR. 16 BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers. (To Apr. 17)

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BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, APR. 20 BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, APR. 23

BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of environment ministers. – – – – – – – – – SUNDAY, APR. 25

ALBANIA – Parliament of Albania election. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, APR. 30 BENIN – Benin holds presidential elections.

CHAD – Chad holds presidential elections. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – NOTE: The inclusion of diary items does not necessarily mean that Reuters will file a story based on the event.

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