NEW YORK (CNN) – A week after traveling to London for meetings and fund-raisers, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani moved to further increase his foreign policy standing Wednesday as he met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
The private meeting happened at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, as the United Nations General Assembly sessions wound down.
Giuliani did not comment afterwards, but his campaign called the meeting a "productive exchange of ideas."
"The Mayor was clear in his support of a unified Iraq, indicating that if he is President he will keep an American presence there for as long as is necessary," a campaign spokeswoman said.
“President Talabani explained the status of what is happening in Iraq by region – it was an optimistic report. The President also detailed the historical relationship between Northern Iraq, Iran and Syria.”
– CNN Political Desk Editor Steve Brusk