In wake of tense Trump call, Pence aims to soothe Australia

23 April, 2017, 03:23 | Author: Essie Rivera

Mr Pence reassured Mr Turnbull during their bilateral meeting the USA intends to honour the agreement, struck with the former Obama administration.

Pence is in Australia to patch up a bumpy start to relations between the two historic allies after Trump and Turnbull tussled over the refugee resettlement deal struck by the Obama administration.

In a nutshell, the USA will take refugees now on the island nation of Nauru and on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Sydney for a weekend visit that will include meetings with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other top officials. Turnbull has resisted pressure to choose between the two countries, both of which are considered vital allies; the U.S. is Australia's most important security partner, while China is its most important trading partner.

"Since then. Australia has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in every major conflict in the past 99 years".

Vice President Mike Pence has reaffirmed that the Trump administration will resettle refugees in limbo on Nauru and Manus Island.

There will be clearways in and around the Sydney CBD, Kirribilli, and Mosman from 10am Friday 21 April 2017 to 10am Monday 24 April 2017 during the visit of the US Vice President Pence and his delegation.

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"I think that is why we saw him visit Masjid [mosque] Istiqlal and also why he attended an interfaith discussion, to assuage fears America is waging a war against Islam", Connelly says. "But at the same time, Australia, and to some extent maybe Japan and even Mexico, are now trying to continue, if you like, dialogue about TPP in the absence of the U.S. So we have to really wait and see".

"But given that Australia regards itself as America's most reliable ally we wouldn't ordinarily expect that the president of the United States would treat our prime minister with disrespect".

Pence's visit, part of a 10-day tour across Southeast Asia, comes a day after the Indonesian capital of Jakarta elected a new Muslim governor who had promoted Islamist views through his campaign.

Pence was using the visit to make a number of cultural stops, joining with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the Australian Museum, observing exhibits on crocodiles and snakes and listening as one of the museum's managers offered a traditional Highlands welcome of Papua New Guinea.

While in Australia, Pence and his family will also meet some local wildlife at Sydney's zoo, take a harbour cruise and tour the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

Australia's own free trade agreement with the U.S., signed 12 years ago, and other investment opportunities are to be discussed during talks in Sydney between Pence and Trade Minister Steve Ciobio, who remains hopeful the TPP can be resurrected without the United States on board.

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