Jokowi Meets With Pence to Discuss Economy, Investment

Second, Pence must respond to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's inevitable question about exactly how the United States will engage in Asia, after Trump's populist abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to turn on the charm for Malcolm Turnbull during his whirlwind weekend visit to Sydney.

Last week, I previewed the importance of Pence's visit, the first of any cabinet official in Donald Trump's administration to Southeast Asia.

Mr Caruso also stated that Vice-President Pence's goal is "to reassure Australia of the closeness of the relationship, the value that the United States puts on this relationship, and that this is something the new administration intends to work on going forward".

SYDNEY (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure Australia on Saturday that the USA remains committed to the countries' longtime alliance, as he tried to patch up relations that were left frayed when President Donald Trump got into a spat with Australia's leader over a refugee resettlement deal.

Washington had billed Pence's visit to Jakarta as a booster for a strategic partnership between the world's second- and third-largest democracies, but a raft of bilateral disputes with U.S. companies could sap the goodwill from his trip.

Today on President Trump's behalf, I have the privilege of reaffirming the United States' strategic partnership with Indonesia and declaring our commitment to strengthen our bonds of friendship, commerce, and security.

"That has been very disappointing from Australia's point of view", Moshirian said.

Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? The Trump administration also wants to slash red tape and introduce a plan to fix America's creaking infrastructure. Then, Trump and Turnbull had a contentious phone call in January over a refugee resettlement deal struck by the previous Obama administration.

Under the deal, agreed with former President Barack Obama late past year, 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.

The fallout over the deal has strained the typically cozy alliance between the US and Australia.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, is seated with Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the Istana, or Indonesian presidential palace, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

"That Pence should be saying this after the most divisive and sectarian election in Indonesian history is flabbergasting", says Australian National University associate professor Greg Fealy. He said that USA exporters should face a level playing field and the relationship should be "win-win".

Mr Turnbull opened the bilateral talks at Admiralty House by speaking of how the relationship between Australia and the USA stretched back to the battlefields of World War One.

The message and images sought to address questions in the Muslim world about Trump after his push for travel bans that would temporarily suspend visas from six predominantly-Muslim countries and halt the USA refugee program.

Mr Pence was officially greeted by the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at Admiralty House on the Kirribilli foreshore, before holding talks with Mr Turnbull.

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