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The Week Ahead: March 15-21

International Day of Nowruz is celebrated on March 21.
International Day of Nowruz is celebrated on March 21.

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

MONDAY, March 15:

Armenia: Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian visits Berlin.

Turkmenistan: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Ashgabat (to March 16).

TUESDAY, March 16:

: Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian visits Paris.

Armenia/Russia: Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill I begins a two-day official visit to Armenia.

Belarus: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka pays an official visit to Venezuela.

Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev visits Tashkent (to March 17).

Russia/Belarus: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin takes part in a session of the Russian-Belarusian Council of Ministers in Brest (Reuters).

THURSDAY, March 18:

Russia: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins a two-day visit to Moscow.

Russia: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and CSTO Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha sign Joint Declaration on Cooperation in Moscow.

Tajikistan/Turkmenistan: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov visits Dushanbe.

FRIDAY, March 19:

Russia: Moscow hosts a meeting of the Middle East Quartet and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

SATURDAY, March 20:

Balkans: Slovenian town of Brdo pri Kranju hosts a conference on the EU and Western Balkans.

Iran: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmud Ahmadinejad address the nation on the eve of the Persian New Year (AFP).

SUNDAY, March 21:

World: International Day of Nowruz.

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