Palin To Meet With Afghan President And Henry Kissinger

From CBS News’ Scott Conroy:

(ORLANDO, Fla.) As she seeks to bolster her foreign policy resume, Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in New York City early next week, according to a senior campaign aide.

The meetings coincide with the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly, and Palin is expected to meet with other world leaders, as well.

Palin’s meeting with Karzai will come amid concerns in Afghanistan over rising civilian casualties caused by American bombings. President Bush is slated to meet with the Afghan president later this month to discuss ways to reduce unintended deaths.

Palin spent Saturday meeting with campaign aides and three of her five children, who flew in from Alaska on Friday.

She has a rally scheduled on Sunday at The Villages—a planned development in central Florida—but Palin’s public schedule has been notably light.

While the campaign has been tight-lipped about the governor’s private activities, she is thought to be brushing up on foreign affairs in advance of her trip to the U.N. and preparing for her only debate against vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden, which will take place in St. Louis on Oct. 2.

Tuesday’s visit will not be the first time Palin has visited New York City, according to a campaign aide.

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