Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Duterte skipped ASEAN-UN meet due to extended bilateral talks: DFA

HOW DOES THIS WORK? U.S. President Donald Trump quizzically looked at his peers from Asian nations on Monday in the Philippines as they tried to execute the Association of South East Asian Nations traditional cross-armed handshake The Latest: Trump lands in Philippines, final stop in Asia
Kenny Thornton | 14 November, 2017, 14:24

In Manila, at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit, Mr. Trump held bilateral meetings with Mr. Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on presenting a united front against North Korea.

Among Trump's newest friends in the region is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whom Trump repeatedly praised and joked around with on Monday.

After anxiety over Mr. Trump's earlier threat to meet North Korea's aggression with "fire and fury", the president's stop in South Korea was "short but effective", said BJ Kim, a former South Korean diplomat who teaches at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.

Trump and Duterte's meeting was one of the most anticipated of the East and Southeast Asian leaders' summit in Manila.

"The conversation focused on ISIS (Islamic State), illegal drugs, and trade".

A joint statement says the two leaders "underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential".

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While a Philippines government spokesman said that human rights issue was not raised during the leaders' meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that the topic was mentioned briefly.

US President Donald Trump left the Philippines on Tuesday without attending an annual East Asia Summit, due to delays in the schedule of the programme of meetings.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will tell the Philippine president there have been too many killings in his war against drugs.

President Donald Trump is wrapping up his extensive trip to Asia with an worldwide summit and one-on-one meetings with global partners, including his Philippine host who is overseeing a bloody drug war.

Trump announced on Twitter that he will be making a "major statement" when he returns to Washington. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would attend the plenary session in his place, a senior White House official said. Duterte has come under intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that includes extrajudicial killings. Mr. Trump told reporters that he and Mr. Duterte have "had a great relationship".

More than 3,900 people have been killed in a war on drugs that Mr Duterte declared when he took office a year ago.

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