US Vice President Mike Pence has sought to reassure Australia about the “historic alliance” between Washington and Canberra, following a spat between the two countries’ leaders over a refugee resettlement deal.
Pence met on Saturday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other Australian leaders in Sydney. He landed in the country on Friday, his fourth stop on a 10-day tour of the Asia-Pacific region.
Pence’s visit is widely viewed as an effort to smooth over relations with Australia in the wake of a highly-publicized argument between US President Donald Trump and Turnbull.
“I bring greetings this morning from the President of the United States,” Pence told Turnbull and other Australian officials ahead of their meeting. “I spoke to him [Trump] first thing and he wanted me to pass along his very best regards to you. And the president wanted me to — early in this administration — to reaffirm the strong and historical alliance between…