US Vice President Joe Biden will visit Romania this month as part of a European tour that also includes stops in Poland and the Czech Republic, his office announced on Tuesday, quoted by Romanian news agency NewsIn.

The statement says Biden will visit three NATO allies - Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic - on October 20-24. He will meet heads of state and government, MPs and other political officials as well as representatives of the civil society, a press release quoted by AFP says.

In Bucharest, he is expected to focus talks on commercial relations, investments, democracy and common security issues.

AFP notes that the visit to Czech Republic and Poland comes as the US have dropped plans to deploy a missile defence system in these countries.