(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will travel to the Middle East and several emerging democracies along with a bipartisan Senate delegation this week. The primary focus of the trip will be on security issues and exploring ways in which the United States can support developing democracies around the world.

The bipartisan delegation, led by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), will be traveling during the first week of the Congressional recess. Due to security concerns, details of the trip will not be released in advance.

“I look forward to meeting with Washington state service personnel and hearing from the region’s top leaders about the progress being made in security and stability,” Murray said. “These first hand experiences will help to inform us about improvements in the region and gives our delegation the opportunity to express the support of our nation.”

Senator Murray will meet with top foreign leaders as well as with Washington state servicemen and women who are serving in the area.

Senator Murray will be traveling with Senators Reid, Richard Durbin (D-IL), Robert Bennett (R-UT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ken Salazar (D-CO).

The trip will give the Senate delegation the ability to gain first hand knowledge of the economic, political, and security progress in the region as well as the challenges that lie ahead.