(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq on Friday for a series of meetings with Iraqi leaders and U.S. officials, his office said in a news release.
Biden plans to meet with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, along with other Iraqi leaders, the release said. A session with Ad Melkert, the United Nations secretary-general's special representative for Iraq, also is expected.
The talks will focus on the Iraqi national elections set for March 7, according to the release.
Biden also will meet with U.S. troops in his fourth visit to Iraq since his election in 2008.