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Friday, 27 July, 2001, 11:14 GMT 12:14 UK
In pictures: Powell's love song
US Secretary of State Colin Powell is not known for his singing skills, but that did not stop him putting on a show for more than 20 foreign ministers in Hanoi, Vietnam.

It has become an annual tradition at the regional security summit for ministers to take to the stage in an evening of song.

Mr Powell has earlier signalled that he would not be singing, but he then threw himself into the occasion.

It is not known if he knew he was being filmed.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell and Japanese Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka
Powell's song was about a cowboy who falls in love with a Vietnamese girl - played by Japanese Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka

Powell and Tanaka take to the floor
It was adapted from the county-and-western song El Paso, popular with soldiers during Powell's military posting in Vietnam

Powell the cowboy is
"There's no danger of him losing his day job," said one spectator

Tanaka kisses her
The show ended with a chaste kiss between the "lovers"

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