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The Week Ahead: March 18-24

March 21: International Day of Norouz.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

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MONDAY, March 18:

Azerbaijan/Georgia: Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and Defense Minister Irakli Alasania visit Baku (to March 19).

Belarus/Indonesia: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka visits Indonesia (to March 20).

Kazakhstan/Finland: Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov visits Helsinki (to March 19).

Serbia: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele visits Belgrade.

Pakistan/Egypt: Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi visits Islamabad.

U.S./Russia: Woodrow Wilson Center hosts a discussion titled "Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin."

UN: New York hosts the United Nations conference on the arms trade treaty (to March 28).

Uzbekistan/EU: An EU delegation led by the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Patricia Flor visits Tashkent (to March 19).

TUESDAY, March 19:

Afghanistan/UN: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whose country took over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in March, presides over a debate on Afghanistan.

Iraq: The 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War.

Kosovo: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele visits Pristina.

Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a working visit to Kazan.

Vatican: Top-level delegations from more than 100 countries attend the enthronement of Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Ukraine: The British weekly "The Economist" hosts a conference titled "Inside Ukraine: Exploring The Country's Role In European Energy Security."

U.S./Ukraine: U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman visits Kyiv (to March 20).

WEDNESDAY, March 20:

Belarus/Singapore: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka visits Singapore (to March 22).

EU: European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs considers a report on the freedom of press and media in the world.

EU: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele presents the European Neighborhood Policy progress reports.

EU/Bosnia-Herzegovina: European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs considers the 2012 progress report on Bosnia-Herzegovina (to March 21).

EU/Kosovo: European Parliament holds an exchange of views with Kosovar Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj on developments in EU-Kosovo relations.

Kazakhstan/Sweden: Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov visits Stockholm.

Russia/Cyprus: Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris is expected to visit Moscow to discuss restructuring a loan from Russia.

Serbia/Kosovo: Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci continue talks in Brussels.

THURSDAY, March 21:

EU/Russia: Moscow hosts a meeting between the European Commission and the Russian government (to March 22).

Iran/Turkmenistan: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad visits Dushanbe to attend Norouz celebrations.

Kazakhstan/Norway: Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov visits Oslo.

Russia: Perm hosts the Muslim World-2013 forum.

UN: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

UN: International Day of Norouz.

UN: World Water Day.

UNESCO: World Poetry Day.

FRIDAY, March 22:

China/Russia: Chinese President Xi Jinping makes his first foreign visit to Moscow and meets Russian President Vladimir Putin (to March 24).

EU: Dublin hosts an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers (to March 23).

Kosovo/UN: The United Nations Security Council holds a debate on Kosovo.

Russia: A Moscow court holds the next hearing in the trial of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in pretrial detention in 2009.

SATURDAY, March 23:

Pakistan: Public holiday and parades mark Pakistan's Republic Day.

World: World Meteorological Day.

World: Earth Hour.

Macedonia: Local elections.

SUNDAY, March 24:

WHO: World Tuberculosis (TB) Day.

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