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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Travels to Middle East, India



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    MOUNT VERNON, VA - FEBRUARY 17: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe makes remarks during the "Official Observance of Washington's Birthday with the Governor" event at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is traveling to the Middle East and India as part of a 11-day trade mission.

    The governor is set to leave Friday for a trip that will include visits to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and India. A focus of the mission will be promoting Virginia-based defense companies, who are looking to replace shrinking U.S. military spending with investment from the Middle East.

    The governor and his delegate plan to attend more than 100 meetings during the trip and host give receptions.

    McAuliffe has made luring companies to invest in Virginia his top priority and has been a frequent overseas traveler.

    McAuliffe isn't the only area politician undertaking trade missions right now -- D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is currently wrapping up a week-long trip to China.