US Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Sydney

US Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Sydney
  1. US Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Sydney
    US Vice President Mike Pence has been greeted at Sydney airport by Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce at the start of his first official visit to…

US Vice President Mike Pence has been greeted at Sydney airport by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce at the start of his first official visit to Australia.

Amid tight security, Mr Pence touched down on Friday night for the final leg of his Asia-Pacific tour before departing for Hawaii on Monday.

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Mike Pence and his family disembarking Air Force 2 at Sydney airport. Mike Pence and his family disembarking Air Force 2 at Sydney airport. Photo: Twitter/@VP

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Australian ambassador to the US Joe Hockey, acting US ambassador to Australia James Carouso and consul-general Valerie Fowler were also there to meet the vice president.

Sydneysiders will witness "substantial" motorcades and rolling road closures during Mr Pence's whirlwind visit to the city this weekend, which has prompted a major security operation.

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Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch says residents will notice a "large number" of resources being deployed for Mr Pence's trip.

"People shouldn't read anything more into it than that," he said.


"We do apologise in advance for what we see will be some disruption for people's activities."

Clearways in the city began at 10am on Friday and will last until Monday morning.

Traffic police, mounted units, general duties officers and tactical experts will be part of the operation.

Motorcades will also be granted "secure road corridors", meaning roads in the city will be shut down swiftly as the US…

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