, WASHINGTON, May 21 – US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill will visit Egypt, Kenya and the World Cup in South Africa in June, the White House said Thursday.
Biden will meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to discuss "a full range of bilateral and regional issues" which are likely to include US-brokered proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
His office said in a statement that Biden will then move on to Kenya, to which President Barack Obama traces part of his ancestry, to meet President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
"In addition to discussing a range of bilateral issues, the Vice President will address our shared interests in peace and stability in the region, particularly in Sudan and Somalia," the statement said.
On the last leg of his trip, Biden will travel to South Africa to meet deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and other key officials.
But the highlight of the trip will likely be his visit to the World Cup, where he will represent the United States at opening ceremonies, and see the US team\’s first game, against England on June 12.
The statement said that Biden would travel during the week of June 7, but did not give a detailed breakdown of his schedule.