Cosgrove tells Pence of deep US-Aust ties

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 8, 2017

But during a news conference in Sydney alongside Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Pence said honouring the agreement "doesn't mean that we admire it".

Given President Trump's unpopularity with many Australians, Mr Turnbull has been urged by some to distance the country's relationship with the U.S. in favour of stronger ties with China.

"Mr Pence is a traditional conservative Republican who has an alliance-centric view of the world and I think the objective of his mission is to telegraph continuity to Japan and Korea, Australia and Indonesia".

US Vice President Mike Pence and his family will tour some of Sydney's famous sites after a day of bilateral talks confirming strong ties between America and Australia.

On April 11, the US Navy said it would take about a week for the strike group to arrive at the intended location.

The affection Australia and the US usually share for each other is rooted in decades of cooperation on defense, intelligence and trade.

Mr Turnbull said Mr Pence's early visit to Australia sent a strong message that the USA would not withdraw from the region. Under the deal, the us will accept up to 1,250 refugees being held by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and on the South Pacific island of Nauru.

Australia is the only country to have fought alongside the USA in every major conflict since World War I.

The country is also part of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing programme with the US, Canada, Britain and New Zealand.

Speaking in Sydney on Saturday, Pence said the the Trump administration, mindful of its longstanding alliance with Australia, a critical regional partner, would honor the Obama deal, even if it still disagreed with it. Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his 10-day, four country tri.

"We also stand with you and with President Trump in condemning the behavior, the criminal, abhorrent use of chemical weapons in Syria by Assad's regime", Turnbull said.

Standing side-by-side for a joint press conference on the front lawn at Admiralty House, both men sought to pressure China to curb North Korea's nuclear program.

Under the deal, agreed with then President Barack Obama late a year ago, the United States would resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers held in offshore processing camps on South Pacific islands in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Defence Minister Marise Payne were also on hand, along with Opposition foreign spokeswoman Penny Wong. On Sunday, he will tour Sydney's iconic Opera House and visit a local zoo.

"We are quietly confident, I would say, that China will step up to this challenge and responsibility".

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