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Former U.S. Secretary of State Kissinger hospitalized in Seoul for stomach troubles

English.news.cn   2010-03-13 19:47:05 FeedbackPrintRSS

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger receives an interview with Xinhua at his New York office, the United States, on Oct. 1, 2009. Kissinger has congratulated the Chinese people on their "unbelievable accomplishments" over the past 60 years, saying that China
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger receives an interview with Xinhua at his New York office, the United States, on Oct. 1, 2009. (Xinhua file photo)

SEOUL, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was taken to a hospital in Seoul on Saturday after suffering stomach ache, according to hospital officials.

An unnamed official at Yonsei Severance Hospital said on the phone that Kissinger was admitted to the hospital earlier in the day due to sudden abdominal pain.

The official said he is receiving treatment, but is not in serious condition and now is recovering.

The 86-year-old former U.S. diplomat arrived in Seoul on Wednesday for a forum on Northeastern Asian security held on Thursday. He also visited Cheong Wa Dae and met with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Friday.

He had originally planned to leave Seoul on Saturday, but now put it off till Sunday after being discharged from the hospital.

According to Kissinger's original schedule, after Seoul's visit, he is expected to attend Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service dinner in Hong Kong.

Kissinger served as the top U.S. diplomat during the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford from 1971 to 1977. He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1973.

Editor: Han Jingjing
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