Monday's global agenda: US expands Mali role

The following ambassadors are set to attend: 

His Excellency Ryszard Marian Schnepf, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland

His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan

His Excellency Palan Mulonda, Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia

His Excellency Altangerel Bulgaa , Ambassador of Mongolia

His Excellency Kairat Umarov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan

His Excellency Fernando Antonio Pfannl Caballero, Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay

His Excellency Aunese Makoi Simati, Ambassador of Tuvalu

His Excellency Ahmed Sareer, Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives

His Excellency Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza, Ambassador of the United Mexican States (aka Mexico)

Beforehand, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House.

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Summit prep: Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman is in London all week attending G-8 meetings. The U.K. took over presidency of the group this month and will host the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the European Union – on April 10 and 11.

Globetrotters: Republican leaders are on their way back from a trip to Israel and Afghanistan. The trip was led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and included Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.). 

The senators met with “U.S. military personnel, military officials and political leaders to discuss political, economic and security issues affecting bilateral and regional relations. In addition to visiting with troops from their respective states, the senators met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Maj. Gen. Larry Nicholson and Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force. The delegation returns to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.”

Let's talk it over: Negotiations resume today in Cuba between Colombia's government and leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). A FARC cease-fire is set to end Jan. 20.

In other news

Sour relations with Russia threaten Obama's second-term foreign-policy agenda. [The Washington Post]

Egypt court orders Mubarak retrial. [The Wall Street Journal]

China's space activities are raising U.S. satellite security concerns. [Reuters]

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The State Department has scheduled a meeting of its Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC) for Feb. 27 to prepare for the 21st session of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Flag State Implementation Sub-Committee.

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