Romney on Trip to Afghanistan, Middle East

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BOSTON (AP) — Past and likely future Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is on a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan and the Middle East.

The former Massachusetts governor arrived Sunday in Kabul for a meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.

Senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom says he will also "train Afghans and share with local leaders his views on issues of leadership, public service, economic opportunity and democratic participation."

Romney is then proceeding to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II.

The weeklong trip is Romney's second to the U.S. war zone. He visited Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan in 2006, ahead of his first campaign for president in 2008.

The former businessman is seen as having strength on economic issues heading into a possible 2012 race, but still relatively little experience in foreign policy.

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