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Duterte skipped ASEAN-UN meet due to extended bilateral talks: DFA

14 November 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump skipped the plenary session of a summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila on Tuesday because of scheduling delays, but he said his marathon trip to the region had been a success.

"We've made a lot of big progress on trade", said Mr. Trump, pointing to business deals forged between USA and foreign companies. Duterte has come under intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that includes extrajudicial killings. At the opening ceremony in Manila, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, said that the two days of meetings presented an excellent opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion on matters of regional and worldwide importance.

While a Philippines government spokesman said that human rights issue was not raised during the leaders' meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that the topic was mentioned briefly.

The protesters say they are concerned the leaders are not giving human rights enough attention and will not be addressing poverty in the region as they would like to see it.

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"Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of the world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula", Pyongyang's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is adding entertainer to his role as host of the ASEAN summit, singing a duet on behalf of President Donald Trump.

The ASEAN Summit is the most important event of the bloc this year with the participation of leaders from 10 member countries and ASEAN partners.

Modi says Trump "has expressed a very high opinion of India" in his travels.

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Earlier in the day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the plight of Rohingya refugees and extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at the summit, sensitive human rights issues skirted by nearly all the others.

The ASEAN-UN meet on Monday was the last item on the President's schedule on Monday.

Trump is teasing a "major statement" on trade and North Korea in Washington on Wednesday when he returns.

"Whoa, whoa", Duterte said, according to a report from the White House press pool.

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Duterte skipped ASEAN-UN meet due to extended bilateral talks: DFA