Trump, Duterte have 'cordial' first meeting at APEC summit

15 November, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • From ‘sons of bitches’ to 'best friends': Duterte on US as Trump summit looms

Duterte's latest comments come ahead of him hosting US President Donald Trump and other leaders for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

"I'm a very good mediator and arbitrator", Trump said during a news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi before flying here.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Moscow on Friday for its "timely assistance" in defeating pro-Islamic State militants who took over a southern city for months, expressing his willingness to buy Russian weapons.

"One fight there, one fight here, and at the age of 16, I killed someone. Do not worry.' But as Chairman, I made it a tunnel for the communications to be active", Duterte said. Instead, Trump said he and Duterte have "had a great relationship" and avoided questions about whether he'd raise human rights concerns with the Filipino leader during a private meeting. The two have exchanged letters, and when they spoke by phone in April, the White House said the call was "very friendly" and the president "invited President Duterte to the White House to discuss the importance of the United States-Philippines alliance, which is now heading in a very positive direction".

As regards the South China Sea, the official said there has been a "very clear" and "consistent message" from Trump on freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

"I think you'll see a number of things that come out of the two summits, as well, in the way of cooperation and initiatives between the United States and ASEAN and some of the individual member states", the official said. "It was just over a look", Agence France Presse quoted him as saying.

Since Duterte's inauguration a year ago, police and affiliated death squads have summarily executed more than 8,000 suspected drug users.

They also say it has uncomfortable similarities with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's salute. Bishop had previously criticised the drug war.

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"It was not Trump who raised it. Trump never raised it, honestly", Roque said.

With that curtailment, it seems even less likely that Trump will call on Duterte to suspend operations and seek justice for victims.

Hours after being sworn in as Philippine president, Duterte goes to a Manila slum and urges residents to kill drug-addled neighbors.

The writer, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and a founder of Human Rights Watch, is the author of "The International Human Rights Movement: A History".

Asean and China also highlighted the role of witnesses in identifying and prosecuting corruptors and said they would develop "an effective protection system for witnesses in corruption cases, where appropriate".

"I also took the opportunity to meet my counterparts from many economies".

Though the Trump administration has yet to propose an adequate response to its crisis - declaring a national emergency and failing to put any new spending behind the order is clearly insufficient - at least it recognises that using the police to kill dealers and users is not a solution.

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