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Vice President Biden to Travel to Serbia, Kosovo

FILE - Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his family, watches an honor guard carry a casket containing the remains of his son Beau Biden into a funeral service at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del., June 6, 2015.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel next week to Serbia and Kosovo, where the government recently named a highway after one of the vice president's sons.

Beau Biden, who died May 30, 2015, of brain cancer at age 46, served a stint in 2001 as an interim legal adviser in post-war Kosovo.

In June, the Kosovo government decided to name a segment of the Gjilan-Ferizaj road that leads to Bondsteel, the American military base in Kosovo, after Beau Biden.

The White House, which announced on Tuesday the vice president's Aug. 15-17 visit to the Balkan countries, said Joe Biden would also hold meetings with each country's president and prime minister. The statement did not say what subjects would be discussed.

In March, Biden met with Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga at the White House, where he thanked Jahjaga for her "efforts to counter violent extremism and her leadership in strengthening Kosovo's democracy."

Last November, Biden traveled to Croatia to discuss the influx of migrants, energy issues and the fight against terrorism with Croatian officials and European Council President Donald Tusk.

Some material for this report came from Reuters.