Trump hails US ties with Asean, PH
- ing warming ties between the two outspoken leaders.
“Rodrigo, I would like to commend you and your success as Asean chair at this very critical moment in time and in the as important event and I want to thank you for your incredible hospitality,” Trump said.
Speaking at the 40th Asean-US commemorative summit, Trump said: “We want partners in the region to be strong, and prosperous, in control of their destinies and satellites to no one. These are our vision: a free and open
Duterte led Asean leaders in their dialogue with Trump, being chairman of Asean on the regional
Duterte said the “presence of the President of the United States augurs well for the continuity and the future of Asean and for regional peace and stability at large.”
Trump said that for 50 years, Asean “has put together a vital assembly of nations to build consensus on critical issues facing the region and the world.”
The US is thus committed to forum for total cooperation, he said.
“You have created a forum for all nations with a stake in and develop solutions to come and challenge through strategic dialogue,” Trump said.
Duterte also met Trump during a 40-minute bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asean summit, relationship” between the US and the Philippines.
- ship. This has been very successful,” Trump told Duterte, who congratulated the Filipino leader for “beautifully” handling the Asean summit.
The American leader also expressed his appreciation for the treatment” of Asean leaders and dialogue partners who graced the event.
“I really enjoyed being here. The weather is always good. To about the Philippines, eventually it gets good no matter what. But we very much appreciate the great treatment you have given us,” Trump said.
Philippines as president.
Rights issues not raised
Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the issue of alleged human rights violations in the war on drugs did not come up during bilateral talks between Duterte and Trump.
The two leaders, however, had a “frank discussion” on several issues, including the illegal drug trade.
“The issue of human rights did not arise. It was not brought up. It was President Duterte who discussed with President Trump the drug menace in the Philippines, and the US president appeared sympathetic and did not matter, merely nodding his head, indicating that he understood the domestic problem that we face on drugs,” Roque said.
“President Trump specifically said that he has always been a friend of the Duterte administration, and that like previous administrations of the United States, he stressed that he can be counted upon as a friend of the Duterte administration,” he added.