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Senator Jim Webb to Hold Press Conference in Hanoi

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August 17, 2009

Wednesday, 5:15pm: Senator Jim Webb to Hold Press Conference in Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam - Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) will hold a press availability on Wednesday at 5:15pm in Hanoi to discuss his visit to Vietnam. Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, Senator Webb is traveling to Vietnam as part of a two-week five-nation tour of Asia.

In Vietnam, he will stop in Hanoi, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City, where he will meet government officials, business leaders, and friends from his decades of close involvement in U.S.-Vietnam relations.

Senator Webb has enjoyed a continuous personal involvement in Asian and Pacific affairs that long predates his time in the Senate. In addition to his more recent visits as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Webb has worked and traveled throughout this vast region, from Micronesia to Burma, for nearly four decades, as a Marine Corps officer, a defense planner, a journalist, a novelist, a Department of Defense executive, and as a business consultant.

Earlier this week, Senator Jim Webb visited the nation of Burma and obtained the release of American prisoner John Yettaw. He also had a rare meeting with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, following an unprecedented meeting with Myanmar President Than Shwe where he requested that the country’s leadership release Suu Kyi from her eighteen month sentence of house arrest.

Senator Webb served as an infantry Marine in Vietnam, and later as Assistant Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy in the Pentagon. He also served as an Asia-Pacific regional military planner in Guam, has written extensively on local, national and international issues in Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, and in the 1990's worked as a consultant for companies wishing to do business in Vietnam. He has served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since joining the U.S. Senate in January 2007.

What: Senator Webb to Hold Media Avail to Discuss Trip to Vietnam
When: 5:15pm, Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Where: Le Veranda Room
Sofitel Metropole Hotel
56 Ly Thai To
Hanoi, Vietnam

Journalists who wish to attend this event should register their names with Mrs. Ha Ngoc Le, U.S. Embassy Information Assistant, at: 04- 3850-5000 (ext 6028), or email: before 4:00 pm on August 18.

Reporters should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the press briefing starts. Those who arrive after 5:10 p.m. on August 19 will not be allowed to attend the event.


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