US Vice President Mike Pence visited Australia to meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this weekend, discussing a range of topics including trade and North Korea.
The meeting sought to re-affirm long standing diplomatic and trade ties between Australia and the United States, in the first official visit of the Trump administration.
Mr Turnbull and Mr Pence met in Sydney.
“The Historic United State-Australia alliance is more vital than ever to regional security and prosperity,” Mr Pence said.
“The president wanted me to be here early in this administration to reaffirm this strong, historic alliance between the United States of America and Australia.”
“My presence here today at the president’s direction is about a reaffirmation of the strong ties in both our security and prosperity.”
Mr Turnbull also commented on the nature of the long-standing alliance when receiving Mr Pence.
“Today, we are fighting side-by side, in the middle east, ANZACs and Americans, standing up for our shared values of freedom and democracy” Mr Turnbull said.
That’s what binds us together, that history, and our commitment today, when our alliance is more important than ever”
Mr Pence also met with business leaders in Sydney to discuss trade issues, as well as with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
Picture Courtesy: Malcolm Turnbull’s Twitter
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