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Feb 11, 2013 | 11:01 GMT

Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Feb. 11, 2013

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Editor's Note: The following is an internal Stratfor document listing significant meetings and events planned for the next week. Stratfor analysts use this document to stay informed of the activities and travel of world leaders and to guide their areas of focus for the week.

EUROPE

  • Feb. 11: Eurozone finance ministers will meet in Brussels.
  • Feb. 12: EU finance ministers will meet in Brussels.
  • Feb. 12: Government officials from Belgium, France and Luxembourg will discuss layoffs by steel company ArcelorMittal with the European Commission.
  • Feb. 13: Italy, Albania and Greece are expected to sign an agreement in support of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project.
  • Feb. 13-14: Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina will visit Spain to meet with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to boost bilateral and trade ties. 
  • Feb. 15: Serbia celebrates Independence Day.
  • Feb. 16: Lithuania celebrates Restoration of Independence Day.
  • Feb. 17: Cyprus will hold its presidential election. 
  • Feb. 17: Anniversary of Kosovo's declaration of independence.

FORMER SOVIET UNION

  • Feb. 11: Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov will lead a Russian government delegation in Dushanbe in talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahkmon, Prime Minister Oqil Oqilov and other high-ranking Tajik officials to discuss bilateral cooperation.
  • Feb. 12: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi will travel to Moscow to attend a session of the Iran-Russia economic commission to discuss energy and banking cooperation.

SOUTH ASIA

  • Feb. 9-12:  U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock will visit Bangladesh to promote cultural and academic exchanges between the two countries. 
  • Feb. 14-15: French President Francois Hollande will visit India for negotiations on a deal over 126 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft. 
  • Feb. 15-16: The environment ministers of Brazil, South Africa, India and China will meet in Chennai, India, to discuss the implementation of decisions made at the Doha Climate Change Conference.

EAST ASIA

  • Unspecified date: South Korea's Finance Ministry will implement U.N.-mandated sanctions on six North Korean entities as a response to the latter's long-range rocket test of December 2012. 
  • Unspecified date: Officials form Thailand's Ministry of Commerce will meet with representatives of industry to discuss ways to minimize the impact of the appreciating Thai baht. 
  • Feb. 11: Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will visit the outskirts of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's main base on the island of Mindanao, in the country's south. This is the first visit by a president since the 1970s. 
  • Feb. 11-12: Cobra Gold, an annual multinational military exercise led by the United States and Thailand, will be held in the latter country. Forces from Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia will participate, and Myanmar will send officers to observe for the first time.
  • Feb. 11-15:  U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana will visit Kachin state to assess the effects of the conflict between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar military. 
  • Feb. 13-14: Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will travel to Japan to attend an international meeting regarding financial assistance for the Palestinian Authority.

AMERICAS

  • Unspecified date: Zimbabwean Vice President Joice Mujuru will travel to Brazil to discuss investment cooperation between the two countries.
  • Feb. 11-12: Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota will travel to the United States to visit universities and to attend a U.N. conference on civilian protection in conflicts. 
  • Feb. 14: Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani will visit Peru to meet with President Ollanta Humala and discuss increasing bilateral commercial and investment relations. During the visit, an information exchange accord will be signed between Peruvian media group Andina and the Qatar News Agency. 
  • Feb. 15: The Union of State Port Workers in Paraguay is threatening a nationwide strike if the government does not back down on proposals to move the headquarters of the National Port Administration from Asuncion to Villeta. 
  • Feb. 15: The Peruvian government will launch a tender for the construction of the southern natural gas pipeline.

MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA

  • Feb. 11: Libya's appeals court will resume the trial of former Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.
  • Feb. 12: France will be hosting an international conference on how to deal with security in Libya. 
  • Feb. 13-15: About 20,000 members of Iran's Basij paramilitary force will hold Ila-Bayt al-Maqdis [toward Jerusalem] drills in the southern Bushehr province.
  • Feb. 14: Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili will visit Turkey.
  • Feb. 15: Mass protests are expected in the major cities across Libya on the third anniversary of the uprising that led to the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.

AFRICA

  • Unspecified date: For delaying the payment of their January salaries, junior officers in the Nigerian police force have threatened to strike.
  • Feb. 11: The first round of Kenyan presidential debates will be held.
  • Feb. 13: The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to resume negotiations regarding the implementation of agreements signed in September 2012.
  • Feb. 14: The Angolan parliament will hold its fourth plenary ordinary session in Luanda to approve the 2013 state budget.
  • Feb.15: The High Court of Kenya will issue its ruling on whether presidential candidate and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru  Kenyatta and former Cabinet Minister William Samoei Ruto can run in the upcoming elections.
  • Feb. 15: The mandate of the U.N. Office in Burundi will expire.

 

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