WASHINGTON–Vice President Biden and his wife Jill will travel to South Africa, Egypt and Kenya–the nation where President Obama’s father was born–in June. In Kenya, Biden will meet with Kenyan President Kibaki and Kenyan Prime Minister Odinga.
Obama has met both those leaders–when he was last in Kenya. When then Sen. Barack Obama visited Kenya in 2006, he was treated as a native son and a head of state. The Kenya trip came on an Africa swing that included South Africa.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2010
The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Egypt, Kenya and South Africa
Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa the week of June 7, 2010. While in Egypt, the Vice President will meet with President Mubarak to discuss a full range of bilateral and regional issues. The Vice President will then meet with key leaders in Kenya, including Kenyan President Kibaki and Kenyan Prime Minister 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. Finally, the Vice President will travel to South Africa, where he will meet with South African Deputy President Motlanthe, South African Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, and other world leaders in attendance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will represent the United States at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and attend the U.S. Men’s National Team’s first game, before returning to Washington, DC.
Additional details about the Vice President and Dr. Biden’s trip will be released at a later date.