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Albright and Leach Meeting with Foreign Delegations

By Michael D. Shear
Former secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former representative Jim Leach (D-Iowa) have been busy meeting with representatives of foreign governments, part of an unofficial series of contacts aimed at keeping President-elect Barack Obama informed.

They have already met with representatives of the governments of Russia, India and Australia. Today, they are finishing up meetings with Canada, South Korea, Argentina and Germany.

They will meet with seven more government representatives tomorrow.

Most of the contacts are with senior level aides or government ministers. But in some cases, the pair are sitting down with the leaders of the government. Today, they were scheduled to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Obama chose not to attend the G-20 economic summit organized by President Bush and taking place this weekend. But the president-elect used the opportunity to reach out, with his own envoys, to the government officials attending.

The full list, from the Obama transition office, is below:

Thursday, November 13, 2008:
Russia: Arkady Dvorkovich, Senior Economic Advisor to the President,
G8 Sherpa, and Ambassador Kislyak
India: Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Ambassador Sen (India), Ambassador
Arun K. Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission
Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Friday, November 14, 2008:
Canada - Mark Cameron, Director of Priorities, Planning & Research,
Office of Prime Minister Harper and other members of PM Harper's
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
South Korea - President Lee Myung-Bak of South Korea
Mexico - President Felipe Calderon
Argentina - President Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Taiana
Germany - Christoph Heusgen, Foreign Policy and Security Advisor to
Chancellor Angela Merkel

Saturday, November 15, 2008:
China - State Councillor Dai Bingguo
Italy - Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta, Ambassador Gianpiero
Massolo, Italian G-8 Sherpa, Secretary General of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Counsellor Bruno Archi, Diplomatic Advisor to Prime
Minister Prodi
United Kingdom - Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Jeremy Heywood,
Permanent Secretary of 10 Downing St., Stewart Wood, Senior Policy
Advisor USA and European Policy and other members of Prime Minister
Gordon Brown's Delegation
Japan - Mr. Jun Matsumoto, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, H.E. Mr.
Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States and other
members of Prime Minister Taro Aso's Office
Turkey - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
European Commission - Mr. Joao Vale de Almeida - Head of Cabinet of
the President of the European Commission
France - Minister of Finance of France Ms. Christine Lagarde

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 14, 2008; 4:24 PM ET
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Jim Leach is a Republican. Unless he has changed his voter registration. He broke with the GOP to endorse Obama and gave what I consider to be the best speech at the Democratic Convention. But, he's a Republican, and likely that is one of the major reasons he was chosen for the post he is in now.

Posted by: kylesennett | November 16, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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