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 ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE 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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell expects Paul to return to Senate next week Former Hill staff calls for mandatory harassment training Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (R-Ky.) and included Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThis week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul Dissent is democratic: Stop calling McCain, Corker, Flake RINOs The farm bill presents a chance to lighten the regulatory burden of farmers MORE (R-Wyo.), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Flake on Moore defenders: 'This cannot be who we are' GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan MORE (R-Ariz.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few ready to vote against it Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis to seek reelection in Kentucky MORE (R-Texas) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerDissent is democratic: Stop calling McCain, Corker, Flake RINOs GOP senators fear bill will be cast as gift to rich GOP plans tax blitzkrieg MORE (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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