Biden to represent US at FIFA World Cup

Biden would also travel to Egypt and Kenya during his trip to Africa.

Last Updated: May 21, 2010, 11:42 AM IST

Washington: US Vice President Joe Biden would represent the country at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in June, the White House has announced.

"The Vice President and Dr Biden will represent the United States at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and attend the US Men`s National Team`s first game, before returning to Washington DC," the White House said on Thursday.

Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, would also travel to Egypt and Kenya during his week-long trip to Africa.

The African trip comes after President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits to the continent to strengthen ties and increase engagements with the African nations.

In Egypt, the vice president would meet President Hosni Mubarak to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues, the White House said.

Biden will hold meetings with key leaders in Kenya, including President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Amolo 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 White House said.

Finally, Biden would travel to South Africa, where he has meetings with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, and other world leaders in attendance at the soccer World Cup.

PTI