Monday's global agenda: Romney travels to Poland

Religious freedom: The State Department's Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook, will present the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report at noon, following the report's transmittal to Congress. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks about the report at 2 p.m. at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Welcome mat: President Obama holds a credentialing ceremony in the Oval Office for a host of new ambassadors. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an ambassador’s service in Washington.

The list of invited ambassadors includes: 

  • His Excellency Ramon Gil-Casares Satrustegui, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain
  • His Excellency Maitine Djoumbe, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad
  • H
is Excellency Cheikh Niang, Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal
  • Her Excellency Jadranka Negodic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • His Excellency Joseph Cole, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta
  • H
is Excellency Stephen Charles Vasciannie, Ambassador of Jamaica
His Excellency Rudolf Simon Bekink, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
His Excellency Akec Khoc Aciew Khoc, Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan

  • His Excellency Ashok Kumar, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore
His Excellency Than Swe, Ambassador of the Union of Burma
  • H
is Excellency Nuriddin Shamsov, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan
  • His Excellency Andris Razans, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia

In other news

An inspector general report to be released Monday casts doubt on U.S. reconstruction plans in Afghanistan. [The Washington Post]

The conflict in Syria is getting more radicalized as it drags on. [The New York Times

Iran's foreign minister warned Sunni states that their insistence on toppling Bashar Assad in Syria will destabilize the whole region, and their own countries. [The Wall Street Journal]

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