US Vice President starts tour of Australia under tight security

US Vice-President Mike Pence’s tour of Australia is expected to focus on regional security concerns and trade.

His plane will land in Sydney tonight after he wrapped up his tour of  Asia as tensions heat up between North Korea and America.

Security is being stepped up, with NSW Police warning motorists to expect traffic congestion in and around the CBD, with clearways in place from Friday and until Monday.


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There will be clearways in and around the Sydney CBD, Kirribilli, and Mosman from 10am Friday 21 April 2017 to 10am Monday 24 April 2017 during the visit of the US Vice President Pence and his delegation.

Police are also advising members of the public that will be utilising public transport over the weekend, including ferries and buses, to check in advance for any disruptions that may affect their travel plans.

Motorists are urged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time. For all up to date traffic and public transport information refer to www.LiveTraffic.com.

Operation Ambience Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch, Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics Command, said the NSW Police Force work closely with the Federal and State Government, as well as other key agencies and stakeholders, to manage the safety and security of the visit.

“There will be a range of traffic changes and a number of Special Event Clearways that will be put in place to facilitate the movements of the Vice President, and to ensure minimum disruption to road users,” Assistant Commissioner Murdoch said.

“It is our aim to strike a balance between the security needs commensurate with visits of this kind and the needs of the community.”

Members of the public will see a range of police resources throughout the Sydney CBD and on Sydney Harbour as the leader and his delegation enjoy the hospitality which Sydney will provide.

A senior Australian official, involved in this weekend’s talks, told the ABC it is possible recent tensions on the Korean peninsula will provide a “lively” background to the discussions, after the US initially “mishandled” the crisis.

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

The official predicted that military tensions in the South China Sea and on the Korean peninsula would feature prominently in discussions, as would the general security environment in east Asia according to the ABC.