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Old 07-19-2021, 05:00 PM
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U.S. Defense secretary to visit Vietnam, Philippines
By: Sandra Maler - Reuters News - 06-197-21

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Vietnam and the Philippines later this month, the Pentagon said on Monday.

"Secretary Austin's visit will demonstrate the importance the Biden-Harris Administration places on Southeast Asia and on ASEAN as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific's architecture," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Sandra Maler

Note: U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testifies on the defense departmentís budget request during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 17, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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