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Biden in Dominican Republic to talk energy, crime

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Photo - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a joint press conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Biden met with Santos just three days after Colombia's president won re-election in what was widely seen as an endorsement of talks to end the Western Hemisphere's last sizable armed conflict.(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a joint press conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Biden met with Santos just three days after Colombia's president won re-election in what was widely seen as an endorsement of talks to end the Western Hemisphere's last sizable armed conflict.(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)
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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is in the Dominican Republic for talks expected to touch on energy security and crime-fighting.

Biden is scheduled to meet with Danilo Medina at the presidential palace in Santo Domingo. Later in the day, he's scheduled to visit a solar energy facility and meet with U.S. Embassy staff.

Biden and Medina are expected to discuss regional issues including energy security and transnational crime. It was not immediately clear whether they would discuss a new law creating a path to citizenship for people of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic.

The U.S. vice president traveled to the Dominican Republic from Colombia and is scheduled to fly to Guatemala on Friday. It's his second visit to the region this year.

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