Mar 4, 2018 | 17:02 GMT

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Geopolitical Calendar: Week of March 5, 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during November 2017.
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  • March 5: The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington.
  • March 5: Deadline for the European Commission to rule on Bayer AG's proposed $46 billion takeover of Monsanto Co.
  • March 6: European budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger visits Ireland.
  • March 6: The EU Foreign Affairs Council on defense meets to discuss permanent structure cooperation, the EU Global Strategy, EU training missions and EU-NATO cooperation.
  • March 7: EU ambassadors begin discussions on EU guidelines for the future EU-United Kingdom relationship.
  • March 8: European budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger visits Croatia.
  • March 8: The Governing Council of the European Central Bank holds a monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, with forecasts and a news conference scheduled.
  • March 8-9: The EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meets.


  • March 5: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is due in court for sentencing that likely will keep him in jail through Russia's presidential elections.
  • March 5: Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita visits Azerbaijan.
  • March 9-10: Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visits Tajikistan.


  • March 5-9: The USS Carl Vinson will visit Danang, Vietnam — the first visit of a U.S. aircraft carrier to the country since the Vietnam War.
  • March 5: China's National Congress convenes.
  • March 6: Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang travels to Singapore for a three-day visit.
  • March 6-7: Japan's upper house will hold confirmation hearings for the Bank of Japan governor position.
  • March 9-18: South Korea hosts the Paralympic Games, with North Korean athletes arriving March 7.
  • March 10: Thai activists schedule a rally to call for postponed elections to be held earlier than February 2019, with another rally planned for March 24 and one to be held each Saturday in May.
  • March 11: Indonesia's Democratic Party holds a national meeting to discuss whether it will field its own candidate in 2019 elections, likely Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono.

South Asia

  • March 5: Nepal's newly elected parliament holds its first session.
  • March 6: India begins biennial, 16-nation Milan naval exercise.
  • March 6: Pakistan's Ribat naval exercise concludes.
  • March 7: Pakistan's Gwadar port to begin transshipment of goods.
  • March 8: A court in Islamabad is scheduled to resume a treason case against former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
  • March 9: French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in India for a four-day visit and meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • March 11: The Bangladesh Nationalist Party will hold a rally in Dhaka to demand the release of its leader, former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, from jail on graft charges.

Middle East/North Africa

  • This week: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in Egypt for a visit that began March 4. On March 7, he travels to London for talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May and other government officials; he leaves March 9.
  • March 5: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visits Iran to discuss its ballistic missile program and the nuclear deal.
  • March 7: A group of 213 Brazilian navy personnel will join the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.
  • March 8: Turkish and American technical committees meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Gulen movement, Turkey's purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile system, migration and visa issues.


  • This week: U.S. negotiators hope to advance proposals embraced by organized labor that would weaken legal protections for multinationals investing abroad.
  • March 5-8: The foreign ministers of Mexico and Jamaica meet to discuss oil in Jamaica.
  • March 8: The 11 members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership are set to sign the trade deal in Chile.
  • March 9: Canada and the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) hold trade talks.
  • March 9-13: Colombia's National Liberation Army to suspend its offensive actions so legislative elections can happen.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • March 6-13: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria.
  • March 7: Sierra Leone holds presidential and legislative elections.

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