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Henry Kissinger, 91, undergoes heart surgery in New York

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger underwent heart surgery at a New York City hospital on Tuesday and was resting comfortably, hospital officials said.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gestures during a reception for his 90th birthday in Berlin, June 11, 2013. Credit: Reuters Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gestures during a reception for his 90th birthday in Berlin, June 11, 2013. Credit: Reuters

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger underwent heart surgery at a New York City hospital on Tuesday and was resting comfortably, hospital officials said.

Kissinger, 91, underwent an aortic valve replacement procedure, according to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

The German-born Jewish refugee served as Secretary of State under Republican Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, with a hand in the diplomatic opening of China, landmark U.S.-Soviet arms control talks, expanded ties between Israel and its Arab neighbors and the Paris Peace Accord with North Vietnam.

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While many hailed Kissinger for his brilliance and broad experience, some opponents branded him a war criminal for his support for anti-communist dictatorships, especially in Latin America.

Following the Paris Peace Accords reached in January 1973, Kissinger shared a controversial Nobel Peace Prize with North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho.

After leaving government, Kissinger set up a high-powered consulting firm in New York.

He also has served on corporate boards and various foreign policy and security forums, written books and served as a media commentator on international affairs.

 
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