SECURITY IN CITY STEPS UP AHEAD OF SUMMIT
SKY HIGH security measures are in place as Cairns prepares to host some of the world’s most powerful leaders over the coming week.
Scores of fly-in, fly-out entourages for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation of 21 member countries are set to call Cairns home.
Cairns Airport staff have been sworn to secrecy about the movements of foreign dignitaries although the United States Government has finally announced Vice President Mike Pence’s pending arrival.
Pence’s press secretary Alyssa Farah issued a statement yesterday confirming he would visit both Australia and APEC host nation Papua New Guinea over the coming week.
The United States’ secondin-command will hit the skies in Air Force Two on Sunday, visiting Japan and Singapore as well as attending the leaders’ summit in Port Moresby next weekend.
Pence will be talking a tough game at the APEC meeting on behalf of President Donald Trump.
Ms Farah said he would “highlight American leadership in the region and reaffirm our commitment to freedom, economic prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific”.
“This will be Vice President Pence’s third trip to the region as Vice President and he will reaffirm the President’s commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” she added.
“He will also deliver the message that authoritarianism, aggression, and the disregard for other nations’ sovereignty by any nation in the Indo-Pacific will not be tolerated by the United States.”
A Cairns Airport spokeswoman confirmed an increase in aircraft movement was anticipated, with increased staffing and security in place as appropriate.
“Passengers will not be inconvenienced in any way over the event period and only need to take the normal measures they would ordinarily take when travelling,” she stressed.
“At this stage it’s still unclear how many extra planes are expected.”
It is believed airport workers have signed confidentiality agreements precluding them from revealing details of world leaders’ travels.
The Cairns Post understands a large number of world leaders and entourages have opted to stay in Cairns during the forum rather than Papua New Guinea due to security concerns, with the luxury Far North Queensland resort on Lizard Island also booked out. email@example.com facebook.com/TheCairnsPost www.cairnspost.com.au twitter.com/TheCairnsPost
BRINGING MESSAGE: Vice President Mike Pence waves to the crowd during a campaign rally In Kansas City, Missouri, last week. He will fly to Cairns in the coming days.
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