Pence hails US$10b in Indonesia deals, from Exxon to GE

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, the first senior United States administration official to visit Australia since the Republicans' shock election wins previous year, will meet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney to discuss regional security and the North Korean nuclear threat, as part of efforts to reassure America's allies in Asia and smooth over relations with the federal government.

Trump's Indonesian business partner, billionaire Hary Tanoe, is an aspiring politician who has said he might run for president in 2019.

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.

During the visit to Indonesia, his latest stop on an Asia tour, Pence has been pushing to help US firms who want to do business in Indonesia - one of several countries targeted by US President Donald Trump's administration for running a trade surplus with the US.

Southeast Asia's largest economy ran a surplus with the United States of $13 billion previous year, largely via exports of textiles, footwear, fishery products and natural resources.

US Vice President Mike Pence talks to Chief Imam Nasaruddin Umar during his visit to the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia April 20, 2017.

The official also said Mr Pence is highly regarded and known to be calm and reasonable.

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Pence concluded by reassuring the gathered crowd that the Trump administration had no intention of keeping all Muslims out.

FILE - In this April 11, 2017, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull takes a tour during a four day visit in Mumbai, India.

Canberra and Washington have a solid military alliance dating back to the early 1950s, and successive Australian leaders have asserted the relationship is the foundation for their nation's security.

A majority of Australians view Mr Trump unfavourably and some critics of the president have urged Australia to distance itself from the United States in favour of stronger ties with China.

The two countries have been at odd with the issue of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) since President Trump dumped the free trade treaty signed by the previous US administration and 11 other Asia-Pacific nations including Australia.

Pence will meet with Bishop during his trip to Australia. Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, seated with Pence, said the relationship between the countries is as strong as it was since "the first time we saw each other on the battlefield in 1919".

Motorists have been warned to expect traffic and public transport disruptions in Sydney's CBD and the lower north shore in coming days during the visit of US Vice President Mike Pence and his family.

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