08 September 2016 at 1:34 GMT
Barack Obama has met his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte briefly and exchanged pleasantries, officials said, after a meeting between the two leaders was cancelled due to the latter’s crude comments. The two leaders were supposed to meet one-on-one on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Vientiane, Laos. However, the US president cancelled the meeting after the Philippine leader warned him and other leaders against questioning his bloody anti-drug campaign with the words “son of a whore”.
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On Wednesday, Obama and Duterte shook hands and talked briefly before attending a gala dinner at the summit.
“They met at the holding room. They were the last persons to leave the holding room,” the Philippine foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay said, insisting that the countries’ relationship was “firm, very strong.” A White House official said the exchange “consisted of pleasantries between the two”.