Amidst the controversy and debacle from “son of a bitch” spat, US Leader President Barack Obama has met with Philippine leader, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama has decided to cancel the meeting and planned talks with President Rodrigo Duterte after news broke out that the latter has insulted the US Leader by calling him a “son of a bitch” and Duterte has said that he would not be lectured over extrajudicial killings in the Philippine’s fight for alleviating drugs in the country. ALSO READ: Obama shakes hands with Duterte
However, things has turned things into better light when the two nation leaders met on Wednesday which took place before the ASEAN Summit Gala dinner.
According to Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose, the two leaders had an informal meeting at the holding room of National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos. The spokesperson also told reports that they were now able to iron the issue out. ALSO READ: Obama Finally meets with Duterte despite harsh words
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay has confirmed with Associated Press that President Duterte and President Obama has met which goes to show that the relationship between two allies is still strong. The Philippine leader has already expressed his regret after his rant against the US Leader prompted for the latter to cancel the bilateral meeting.
US President Obama has also released a statement just today that he had indicated he met with President Duterte and his team and that he did not take the earlier comments personally. Obama has also said that the partnership between two countries is still strong and is still consistent with the rule of international laws and norms.
President Obama said:
“I did shake hands with President Duterte last night. It was not a long interaction. And what I indicated to him is that my team should be meeting with his and determine how we can move forward on a whole range of issues.”
“As I said when I was asked about this in China, I don’t take these comments personally because it seems that this is a phrase he’s used repeatedly, directed at the Pope and others and so.”
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