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Release: June 7, 2001

Portuguese diplomat to speak on Central African geo-politics June 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Goncalo Teles Gomes of Portugal will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council on "Geo-politics in Central Africa and the Roles of the U.S. and Europe in Settling Conflicts" on Tuesday, June 12 at a 5:15 p.m. wine and cheese reception at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. Although the event is free and open to the public, donations will be accepted at the door.

Gomes is the first secretary and deputy head of Mission, Embassy of Portugal, Kinshasa, Republic of Congo. He is visiting eastern Iowa through the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC). A career member of the Portuguese diplomatic corps, Gomes was reassigned to the Embassy of Portugal in Pretoria, South Africa, effective October 2001. Gomes is also very knowledgeable about Portuguese policies in the Middle East, particularly toward Iran and Iraq.

For more information, call ICFRC and CIVIC executive director Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Wednesday, June 13, following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis. It is one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Program (IVP). IVP is a professional exchange program administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

ICFRC and CIVIC are part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.