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The Week Ahead: January 28 - February 3

February 1-7: World Interfaith Harmony Week.
February 1-7: World Interfaith Harmony Week.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

Now on Twitter! Daily updates at @The_Week_Ahead.

MONDAY, January 28:

Afghanistan/EU: Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal and EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva hold a meeting in Brussels.

Armenia/Azerbaijan: OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia hold a meeting in Paris.

IAEA: Vienna hosts the international experts meeting on nuclear safety (to February 1).

Macedonia/Russia: Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki pays a working visit to Moscow (to January 30).

Macedonia/NATO: Macedonian Defense Minister Fatmir Besimi visits NATO Headquarters in Brussels, meets with the NATO deputy secretary-general, Alexander Vershbow.

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh hosts annual award ceremony for the winners of the King Faisal International Prize, the "Arab Nobel Prize."

UN: Human Rights Council in Geneva reviews human rights records of Israel, Serbia, Montenegro, and other countries (to February 1).

TUESDAY, January 29:

Kazakhstan/EU: Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov meets with EU Commission President Jose Barroso in Brussels.

Moldova/EU: Moldovan Foreign Minister Iurie Leance meets with EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele in Brussels.

EU: European Parliament in Brussels hosts a conference on enlargement strategy and regional cooperation in the western Balkans.

UK/Belarus/Georgia: Chatham House hosts a discussion in London titled "Contrasting Electoral Lessons from Georgia and Belarus."

UK/Georgia: Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania attends a discussion titled "Georgia's Democratic Path: Past, Present and Future" in London.

WTO: The World Trade Organization's General Council meeting opens in Geneva (to January 31).

Macedonia/Greece: The UN mediator in the Greek-Macedonian name dispute, Matthew Nimetz, holds a meeting with representatives of the two sides in New York (to January 30).

WEDNESDAY, January 30:

EU/Ukraine: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhar meets with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels.

EU/Ukraine: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhar and Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul meet with EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele in Brussels.

Russia/Kazakhstan: Russian and Kazakh deputy premiers are scheduled to hold talks in Moscow on the use of Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome.

THURSDAY, January 31:

NATO: NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen presents his Annual Report for 2012 in Brussels.

EU: Brussels hosts the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting.

Iran: Fajr International Film Festival opens in Tehran (to February 10).

Russia/Hungary: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

World: Human Right Watch publishes its annual World Report.

FRIDAY, February 1:

Moldova/Romania: Romanian President Traian Basescu pays an official visit to Chisinau. (The visit has reportedly been cancelled).

UN: World Interfaith Harmony Week (to February 7).

World: Germany hosts the 49th Munich Security Conference (to February 3).

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