Pence praises moderate Islam in Indonesia

His message at each of those stops was to reassure political and business leaders that Trump's "America First" policy meant that the United States was open to foreign investment, and that his administration wanted to work with business leaders to knock down barriers for US products.

US Homeland Security officials have been on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea to do fingerprinting and security interviews with refugees in the past few weeks.

ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh greeted the Republican vice president, who earlier on Thursday made a courtesy call to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the State Palace and held talks on bilateral ties with Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

As well as meeting with Australian officials, Mr Pence and his delegation are expected to visit Sydney's tourist sites, including taking a cruise on Sydney Harbour.

USA vice president Mike Pence has said America will honour a refugee resettlement deal with Australia that Donald Trump once described as "dumb".

Mr Pence said that both countries must now work to break down barriers to ensure American exporters can fully participate in the Indonesian market, with the same freedom enjoyed by many Indonesians across many sectors of the U.S. economy.

Besides meeting Turnbull and Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Pence will also meet Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, opposition leader Bill Shorten, and members of the armed forces.

Vice President Mike Pence continued his trip to Asia Friday with a stop in Jakarta where he announced $10 billion military and energy deal with the nation.

Australia's relationship with the new administration in Washington got off to a rocky start when Trump lambasted Turnbull over a refugee resettlement arrangement that Trump labeled a "dumb" deal.

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.

Pence said the USA believes that it will be possible to achieve its objective of ending North Korea's nuclear program peacefully, largely with the help of China.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has told Australia's prime minister that President Donald Trump sent him to Australia to reaffirm America's commitment to the U.S. -Australia alliance.

Acting US Ambassador to Australia, James Carouso, says the Vice-President's visit to Australia underlines the importance of this country to America.

US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday toured the biggest mosque in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, during a visit seen as a bid by his administration to heal divisions with the Islamic world.

But his administration has also tried to ban travelers from several Muslim-majority nations, citing concerns about terrorism-an effort now being challenged in U.S. courts.

On Sunday, Pence and his family were to tour Sydney's iconic Opera House, take a boat ride in the harbor and visit the city's Taronga Zoo.

  • Leroy Wright