Political and general news Events of December 29


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December 29 (Reuters) –

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WEDNESDAY DEC. 29

** JERUSALEM – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a rare visit to Israel for talks on economic and security issues with Israel’s defense chief, with little prospect of resuming long-standing peace negotiations. ** MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko meet in Russia – 10:00 GMT.

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MOSCOW – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will pay a working visit to Russia for an informal summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Poutin (last day).

FRIDAY, DEC. 31

** KAMPALA – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni delivers speech on COVID-19 situation, containment measures – 1700 GMT. SATURDAY JAN. 1 TALLINN – 12th anniversary of the adoption of the euro by Estonia. – – – – – – – – – SUNDAY JANUARY. 2 SAUDI ARABIA – Dakar Rally 2022 stage (Until Jan. 14) – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY JAN. 4 VIENNA – 24th OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial meeting by videoconference. BURMA – 74th anniversary of the independence of Burma. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY JAN. 6 SYDNEY – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida leaves for Sydney, Australia, to meet with his counterpart, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to strengthen Japan-Australia cooperation. PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron receives European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen and European Commissioners in Paris, to mark the start of the six-month French presidency of the European Union. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY JANUARY. 7 NAYPYIDAW – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will visit Myanmar. (Through January 8) PALM SPRINGS, Calif .– 32nd Palm Springs International Film Festival (through January 18). PHNOM PENH – The ruling Cambodian People’s Party celebrates the 43rd anniversary of the victory over the Khmer Rouge regime. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY JANUARY. 11 WASHINGTON / MOSCOW – 11th anniversary of the US-Russia Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY JANUARY. 12

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** ABU DHABI – United Arab Emirates Energy Forum. Speakers at the UAE Energy Forum will include the UAE Minister of Energy, the Secretary General of OPEC and the CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation. ** BREST, France – Informal meeting of EU defense ministers (until January 13). HAITITI – 12th anniversary of the magnitude 7 earthquake in Haiti that destroyed much of the Haitian capital. – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY JANUARY. 13 BREST – EU Foreign Ministers meet in Brest for an informal meeting to discuss international affairs. The meeting is chaired by the High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell (until January 14). MADRID – Spanish Minister of Economy Nadia Calvino speaks at the Forum Europe meeting organized by Nueva Economia – 08:00 GMT. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY JANUARY. 14 BRUSSELS – European Motor Show Brussels 2022 (to 23 January). TUNISIA – 12th anniversary of the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. – – – – – – – – – MONDAY JAN. 17 BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting. ABU DHABI – World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2022 (until January 19). DAVOS, Switzerland – World Economic Forum 2022 Annual Meeting (until January 21). – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY JANUARY. 18 BRUSSELS – Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the EU. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY JANUARY. 21 DAVOS, Switzerland – World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. – – – – – – – – – MONDAY JAN. 24 LIBYA – Election of the president. TRIPOLI – Election to the Libyan House of Representatives. BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council. LOME, Togo – World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY JANUARY. 25 BRUSSELS – General Affairs Council of the EU. EGYPT – 11th anniversary of the start of the Egyptian revolution, a series of mass popular protests leading to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

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STOCKHOLM – Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway pay an official visit to Sweden (until January 28). – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY JAN. 30

LISBON – Portugal is holding general elections.

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MONDAY JAN. 31

LOS ANGELES – 64th Annual Grammy Awards – – – – – – – – –

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WORLD – World Wetlands Day. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, FEB. 4

WORLD – World Cancer Day. – – – – – – – – –

SATURDAY, FEB. 5

SAPPORO, Japan – Sapporo Snow Festival 2022 (until February 12). – – – – – – – – – SUNDAY, FEB. 6 GLOBAL – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. COSTA RICA – Election to the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica. COSTA RICA – Presidential election. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, FEB. 8

GLOBAL – Safer Internet Day 2022 – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, FEB. ten

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BERLIN – 72nd Berlin International Film Festival (until February 20). – – – – – – – – – SATURDAY, FEB. 12

VENICE, Italy – Venice Carnival 2022 (until March 1). – – – – – – – – – SUNDAY, FEB. 13

BEIRUT – 14th anniversary of the death of Hezbollah commander Imad Moughniyah.

WORLD – World Radio Day. – – – – – – – – – MONDAY, FEB. 14

WORLD – Valentine’s Day.

BEIRUT – 17th anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, FEB. 17

PRISTINA – 14th anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia. BRUSSELS – Brussels hosts the European Union – African Union summit. (As of February 18)

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MONDAY, FEB. 21

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, FEB. 22

BRUSSELS – General Affairs Council of the EU. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, FEB. 25

RIO DE JANEIRO – Rio Carnival 2022. (until March 5). – – – – – – – – – February 27 MALI – Presidential election in Mali. MALI – Malian National Assembly.

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