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McDonnell leads 2-week trade mission

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 10:48am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is leading a two-week trade mission to Israel and India.

McDonnell and other economic development officials on Wednesday began the trip aimed at strengthening Virginia's relationship with foreign companies and meeting with prospective corporate investors and importers.

McDonnell is traveling first to Tel Aviv, where he will meet with executives from technology, agribusiness and manufacturing companies. He also is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.

The trade mission will then continue in Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi, where officials will meet with companies there and promote Virginia tourism and wines before returning to Virginia on Nov. 21.

This is the Republican governor's fourth trade mission since he took office in January 2010.

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