(Reuters) - Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf cancelled his scheduled visit to China, two days before he was to attend the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, a member of his entourage said on Wednesday.
The visit was cancelled as opponents in the country’s coalition government consulted over his possible impeachment.
More than 80 state leaders and royals are expected to attend the opening of the August 8-24 Games. Attendance and non-attendance is a closely watched issue, as rights groups have urged leaders to boycott the Games to protest against China’s crackdown on May unrest in Tibet and its ties with the government in Sudan.
Here is a preliminary list of world leaders who have said they will attend the opening ceremony:
AFGHANISTAN - President Hamid Karzai
ALGERIA - President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
AUSTRALIA - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
BRAZIL - President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
CAMBODIA - King Norodom Sihamoni
COOK ISLANDS - Head of State Frederick Goodwin
CROATIA - President Stjepan Mesic
CYPRUS - President Demetris Christofias
FIJI - Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama
FINLAND - Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen
FRANCE - President Nicolas Sarkozy
ISRAEL - President Shimon Peres
JAPAN - Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
LATVIA - President Valdis Zatlers
LAOS - President Choummaly Sayasone
MADAGASCAR - President Marc Ravalomanana
MAURITIUS - President Sir Anerood Jugnauth.
MALAYSIA - King Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Queen Tuanku Nur Zahirah
MICRONESIA - President Emanuel Mori
MONACO - Head of State Prince Albert II
NETHERLANDS - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenend
NORWAY - King Harald V and Queen Sonja Haraldsen
PHILIPPINES - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
ROMANIA - President Traian Basescu
RUSSIA - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
SAMOA - Head of State Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi
SERBIA - President Boris Tadic
SINGAPORE - President S. R. Nathan and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew
SLOVAKIA - President Ivan Gasparovic
SOUTH KOREA - President Lee Myung-bak
SRI LANKA - President Mahinda Rajapakse
SWITZERLAND - President Pascal Couchepin
THAILAND - Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
UNITED STATES - President George W. Bush. A seven-member delegation led by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will attend the closing ceremony.
VANUATU - President Kalkot Mataskelekele
VIETNAM - President Nguyen Minh Triet
BELGIUM - Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme. He will attend the closing ceremony.
BRITAIN - Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He will attend closing ceremony.
CANADA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper
CZECH REPUBLIC - Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek will miss the opening ceremony, but attend the Games later.
ESTONIA - President Toomas Hendrik Ilves
GERMANY - Chancellor Angela Merkel
INDIA - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Sports Minister S. Gill will attend. India’s ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi has been invited to the opening ceremony, according to local media reports.
ITALY - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
LITHUANIA - President Valdas Adamkus
NEW ZEALAND - Prime Minister Helen Clark. Governor-General Anand Satyanand will attend.
NORTH KOREA - President Kim Jong Il. Second in command, Kim Yong Nam, will attend.
PAKISTAN - President Pervez Musharraf
POLAND - Prime Minister Donald Tusk
SOUTH AFRICA - President Thabo Mbeki. His wife Zanele Mbeki will attend the Games.
SPAIN - King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will not attend. Spain will be represented by Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
TAIWAN - President Ma Ying-jeou. Thomas Tsai, president of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, will attend.
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Sources: Reuters, Xinhua
(Compiled by David Cutler and Gillian Murdoch, Editorial Reference Units in London & Beijing)
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