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Sens. Reed, McCain lead visit to Vietnam, Singapore

U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jack Reed are leading a delegation of senators to Vietnam and Singapore.

McCain, an Arizona Republican and former Vietnam POW, chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee while Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, is the panel's ranking member.

Reed's office says the senators will meet this week with government officials and other Vietnamese leaders in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to discuss security and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

The year marks 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War.

In Singapore, Reed's office says the delegation is scheduled to take part in the 2015 Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue The meeting will include defense ministers and other officials from the region. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is also scheduled to attend.




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