Trump avoids drug war is­sue in Du30 meet­ing

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE - (Philstar.com)

MANILA — As ex­pected, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump avoided any dis­cus­sion of hu­man rights par­tic­u­larly the for­mer's drug war killings dur­ing the two lead­ers' bi­lat­eral meet­ing, ac­cord­ing to a pres­i­den­tial spokesman.

The two lead­ers met on Mon­day noon on the side­lines of the gath­er­ing of South­east Asian na­tions in Manila where Trump reaf­firmed Amer­ica's friendly re­la­tions with the Philip­pines, a treaty ally which has struck a friend­lier re­la­tion­ship with China and Rus­sia dur­ing Duterte's more than a year in of­fice.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Harry Roque said that the talks be­tween the two lead­ers had been frank and lasted for over 40 min­utes.

Roque said that it was the Philip­pine leader who ini­ti­ated with Trump a dis­cus­sion on the "drug men­ace in the Philip­pines."

"The is­sue of hu­man rights did not arise, it was not brought up," Roque said.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump lis­tens to Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte dur­ing their bi­lat­eral meet­ing on the side line of the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South East Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) Sum­mit in Manila.

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