Mitt Romney Embarks on First Foreign Trip of His Candidacy


In addition to a number of public events in Israel, Romney will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, with whom he has a long personal history as well as President Shimon Peres. Meetings with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will also meet with the U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro.

Romney is expected to stop by the major monuments in Israel as well, including the Western Wall. He will also attend a small fundraiser.

Third stop: Poland

Romney's third and final stop of the trip comes at the invitation of former Polish President Lech Walesa. The meeting between Romney and Walesa will take place in Gdansk, before the candidate moves to Warsaw for more meetings and another keynote speech. Romney is also expected to visit historical sites throughout Poland.

He will also meet with the leadership of the Polish government, including President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.

An aide to Romney noted Poland's strong economy as one of several reasons for the visit.

"Poland's success, of course, is rooted in its principles of free market and the economies and capitalism," Romney foreign policy adviser Ian Brzezinski said.

No Stop in Afghanistan Expected

One place Romney won't go during the trip is Afghanistan, aides citing "time constraints" that proved too tight to make a trip to the region work. Romney was last in the region in 2011 when he met with President Hamid Karzai, but has since been criticized during his presidential campaign for being vague about his own policy plan when it comes to withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

Romney, who famously called the Obama administration's decision to announce its military plans to the world "misguided" and "naïve," has himself offered no concrete details on what he would do in the region other than seek advice from generals on the ground.

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