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Biden visits South Africa as World Cup begins

By the CNN Wire Staff

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) -- Vice President Joe Biden, in South Africa as the World Cup got into full swing, discussed a range of issues with his South African counterpart and planned to watch the U.S. match with England on Saturday.

Biden -- who represented the United States during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup -- sat down with South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, in a meeting his office said was "indicative of the deepening and expanding relations between our two nations."

They talked about the political crisis in Zimbabwe and Sudan as well as "development, security, and economic interests." They also emphasized the importance of the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Dialogue --a diplomatic framework to engage on bilateral and multilateral issues.

His visit comes during a U.S. State Department travel alert related to safety and security concerns during the World Cup, with the warning effective until July 11.

Biden's stop in South Africa came during an African trip that took him to Egypt and Kenya.