Duterte, Trump meet for the first time

Sun.Star Baguio - - THE NATION -

AF­TER their muchan­tic­i­pated meet­ing, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte fi­nally meets United States (US) Don­ald Trump on the side­lines of the Asi­aPa­cific Eco­nomic (Apec) sum­mit in Viet­nam on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 11.

The two lead­ers, of­ten com­pared to each other for their can­did com­ments, were seen ex­chang­ing pleas­antries, based on the photo from Duterte's spe­cial as­sis­tant Christo­pher Go, which were sent to re­porters.

Go, in a text mes­sage, said Duterte and Trump merely had a brief con­ver­sa­tion, telling each other, "See you to­mor­row."

He even quipped, "I tell the two (Duterte and Trump) to shake hands."

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque said the two had a "short, warm, and cor­dial" meet­ing.

Duterte and Trump's bi­lat­eral di­a­logue did not push through in Viet­nam.

The two will have their first of­fi­cial meet- ing on the side­lines of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) fo­rum in the Philip­pines on Novem­ber 11 to 14.

For­eign Af­fairs Un­der­sec­re­tary Manuel Tee­hankee said the meet­ing will be "more im­pres­sive."

On Oc­to­ber 30, Duterte said he would raise the is­sue on the es­ca­lat­ing ten­sion be­tween the US and North Korea over the Korean penin­sula.

Last Wed­nes­day, the Pres­i­dent said he would bring up the West Philip­pine Sea dis­putes to al­low Trump, who also met Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping dur­ing the Apec event, to have a "bal­ance an­swer" with re­gard to the mar­itime row.

Duterte also said he would tell Trump to "lay off" when it comes to the is­sue of the sup­posed hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion as­so­ci­ated with the for­mer's deadly war on il­le­gal drugs that killed thou­sands of al­leged drug sus­pects. (SunS­tar Philip­pines/Ruth Abbey Gita)

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