Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pence says US will honor refugee deal with Australia

The vice president of the United States said in Sydney Saturday that his country will honor a refugee deal with Australia, which the US president has described as "dumb".

Mike Pence said at a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that the agreement would be honored, subject to vetting, even if the US didn't agree with it.

"President Trump has made it clear that we'll honor the agreement - that doesn't mean we admire the agreement," he said.

The deal, signed by former US president Barack Obama, calls for resettlement of up to 1,250 refugees in the US who are currently in Australian detention facilities on the islands of Manus and Nauru.

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