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Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

John McCain, Joe Lieberman lead delegation to Munich security conference

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: 12:55 p.m.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman are leading a 16-member congressional delegation to the 47th annual Munich Security Conference, McCain's office announced Friday.

The delegation includes 12 senators -- nine Republicans, two Democrats and the independent Lieberman -- as well as four House members -- three Democrats and one Republican.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is also slated to attend along with a host of senior administration officials including Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy.

The annual three-day conference brings together senior political, economic, and military figures from a host of countries to discuss global security challenges. In 2010, more than 300 people attended. Among the highlights of this year's conference will be the exchange between Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the articles of ratification for the New START Treaty; the Senate ratified the treaty late last year during its lame-duck session.

The members of this year's congressional delegation are McCain, Lieberman, Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).

The lawmakers are slated to hold a press conference in Munich on Saturday at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. Eastern).

On Friday, McCain, Lieberman and other members of the delegation held a town hall meeting with Belarusian students from the European Humanities University at the Lithuanian Parliament Building in Vilnius.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 4, 2011; 11:53 AM ET
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