U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has touched down in Sydney for a whirlwind visit Down Under on the final leg of his Asia-Pacific tour.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, and Australian ambassador to the US Joe Hockey were on hand to meet the vice president when he landed at Sydney airport on Friday night.
Amid heightened security, Pence is expected to take a harbour cruise during his short visit.
During the stopover, he is due to meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, with regional security and trade expected to dominate talks.
Police are warning motorists in Sydney to expect traffic disruption in and around the Sydney CBD due to Pence's visit.
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There will be clearways in and around the Sydney CBD, Kirribilli, and Mosman over the weekend until 10am Monday.
Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch said authorities were working 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," 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."
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