U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly is calling on Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to emphasize the importance of a free trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea to the high-tech community in Northern Virginia.

Connolly’s statements come after a letter from McDonnell which had emphasized what the state’s agriculture industry could get out of such an agreement. The conversation takes place as McDonnell embarks on an 11-day mission to Asia, including a visit to Seoul.

But the bottom line might be a rare topic of agreement for the men — both say that approval of a free trade arrangement could be key for the Virginia economy and should be approved by Congress.

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