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The Week Ahead: December 20-26


Christian pilgrims gather for Christmas midnight mass in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24.

Christian pilgrims gather for Christmas midnight mass in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24.

The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, December 20:

Russia/India: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pays an official visit to India (to December 22).

World: International Human Solidarity Day.


TUESDAY, December 21:

Russia/India: New Delhi hosts the 11th annual India-Russia summit.

Turkey: Ankara hosts media forum for Turkic-speaking nations. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan to participate. (to December 22).


WEDNESDAY, December 22:

Afghanistan: The UN Security Council meets in New York to discuss the UN mission in Afghanistan, whose mandate is due to expire in March 2011.

Armenia/Russia: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian meet in St. Peterburg.

Iran/Turkey: Iran's new acting foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi visits Istanbul.


THURSDAY, December 23:

Iran/Turkey: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad visits Istanbul to attend a meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

Turkey: Istanbul hosts the summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), a regional group comprising Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and all five Central Asia nations.


FRIDAY, December 24:

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev due to appear live on television to address Russians on the results of the outgoing year.

Turkey
: Presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey hold trilateral talks in Istanbul.

World: Christian pilgrims gather for Christmas midnight mass in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.


SATURDAY, December 25:

Iraq: Constitutional deadline for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to form a government.

World: Western-rite Christians celebrate Christmas.

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