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Morrison talks with Pence, Pompeo but not Trump

Mr Morrison and Mr Pompeo spoke about the “unbreakable bond” that exists between the US and Australia and committed to continue working together to deepen and broaden the alliance.

According to a spokeswoman for Mr Pompeo, the Secretary of State thanked Mr Morrison for his “steadfast support in promoting our shared values of democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and our common strategic interests, even in the face of economic threats from the People’s Republic of China”.

They also spoke about the importance of the “Quad” alliance between the US, Australia, Japan and India to “advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region”.

Mr Morrison spoke to Mr Pence from a Royal Australian Air Force jet at Longreach Airport.

The Prime Minister will travel throughout western Queensland over the coming days before leaving Queensland on Friday.

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