US Vice President Joe Biden will visit Greece and Turkey in December

US Vice President Joe Biden will visit debt-riddled Greece and Turkey, a vital American ally in the Middle East, on a major overseas trip in early December, the White House said Monday.

Washington has been issuing increasingly stark warnings on the extent to which the eurozone crisis, which risks being further deepened by Greece’s economic woes, could impact the fragile US economic recovery.

In Istanbul, Biden will take part in a Global Entrepreneurship Summit, a follow-on event from one hosted by President Barack Obama in April 2010 to connect US business interests and foundations with the Muslim world.

Obama has spent considerable political capital in fostering better relations between Washington and Turkey, which the United States sees as a crucial player in the Middle East and the wider region, including Afghanistan and the Gulf.

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