US Navy secretary to visit New Zealand as talk of port calls heats up

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TOKYO: US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is set to visit New Zealand this week for a trip that could move Washington closer to resolving a decades-old dispute with Wellington over port calls for US vessels, it was learned Monday. During his trip, Mabus plans to discuss a range of issues with military officials, including the first formal invitation for a US naval vessel to visit since the country passed nuclear-free legislation in 1987, a statement posted Monday to the website of the US Embassy in New Zealand said.

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