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McCain to visit Latin America next week
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13:38, June 27, 2008

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain is set to visit Latin American countries of Mexico and Columbia next week, his campaign said on Thursday.

According to a statement, the Arizona Senator would arrive in Columbian city of Cartagena on Tuesday for a two-day stay, during which he was set to meet Columbian leaders including President Alvaro Uribe.

The Republican-proposed Free Trade Agreement with Columbia was stuck at Congress due to the opposition from Democrats who dominate the legislature.

President George W. Bush and his administration officials have repeatedly called for the immediate passage of the bill.

The campaign statement said that McCain would be in Mexico City on Thursday without disclosing any details about the visit.

McCain, who was a Vietnam War survivor and had a leading voice on national security issue in Congress, has been always touting his experience in foreign and defense affairs during his competition against Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the Illinois Senator who is still in his first term.

Since he clinched the presidential nominee, McCain has paid several visits abroad with the latest one to Canada.

On the other hand, Obama was also set to show his diplomatic capabilities by visiting foreign countries, possibly including Iraq and Afghanistan, the two hot spots American voters concern.

His campaign said on Wednesday that the trip's details would be soon released.


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