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Ehud Barak plans to visit the United States next week.

In his first U.S.visit as Israeli defense minister in the Olmert government, Barak will travel to New York and Washington between Oct. 15 and 19, political sources said Tuesday.

The itinerary has not yet been finalized, but Barak is expected to meet with Bush administration officials for discussions on Israeli-U.S. arms deals and strategic cooperation.

His visit will also likely deal with next month’s U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace summit.

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