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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Pawlenty plans to weigh in on the turmoil in the Middle East during a foreign policy address next week in New York.

The former Minnesota governor’s campaign announced the speech to be given Tuesday at the Council on Foreign Relations as part of the group’s candidate series.

The Arab Spring uprisings have played out in bloody protests across northern Africa and Mideast nations such as Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. Pawlenty has been critical of Democratic President Barack Obama’s approach to the region’s instability.

It will be the second major policy address for Pawlenty. Earlier this month, he laid out his economic plan during a speech in Chicago.

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