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Kissinger Hospitalized in New York

October 26, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger was hospitalized Wednesday in New York with pulmonary cardiac symptoms, his office here said.

Kissinger, 77, is at Presbyterian Hospital and is ``doing well,″ an assistant, Jody Williams, said.

Kissinger, who had bypass surgery in 1982, was secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations.

He has since worked as a consultant and written his memoirs and several books and newspaper articles.

Using secret diplomacy, Kissinger played a pivotal role in establishing a U.S. dialogue with Communist China and, after the 1973 Middle East war, he negotiated agreements between Israel and two of its Arab foes, Egypt and Syria.

Much of his foreign policy was centered on dealing with the Soviet Union, trying to ease tensions through a detente and also curbing nuclear weapons arsenals.

His role in the wars in Indochina stirred controversy. Critics accused him of delaying U.S. disengagement from Vietnam and bring American troops home.

And as former President Nixon’s assistant for national security, he was instrumental in the 1970 U.S. incursion into Cambodia, with which the United States was not at war.

Earlier this week, Kissinger joined with 10 other former high-level U.S. officials in criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore for what they said was a disturbing agreement with Russia permitting sale of highly threatening military equipment to Iran.

Kissinger was expected to attend a dinner Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is hosting next Wednesday for former secretaries of state.

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