Police are on the streets in force in Munich ahead of the city's Security Conference, where guests include U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Police surrounded Munich's Bayerischer Hof hotel on Friday morning (February 17) as the annual Munich Security Conference kicked off. Dozens of politicians and representatives from NATO, the European Union and the United Nations were due to arrive for a series of panel discussions and bilateral meetings. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived late on Thursday (February 16), with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence expected on Friday evening. Pence will seek on Saturday (February 18) to soothe allies unnerved by his boss Donald Trump's unorthodox statements on Russia and NATO as he stresses America's commitment to Europe during the first major foreign address for the new administration. Pence will tell the security conference that Europe is an "indispensable partner" for the United States, a message he will repeat privately in meetings with a dozen leaders over the weekend and on Monday (February 20) in Brussels, a senior White House foreign policy adviser told reporters. In Munich, Pence will hold a series of meetings with leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and leaders from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The security conference is due to run until Sunday (February 19).