Duterte and Obama iron out differences

VIENTIANE -- Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Charles Jose reports President Rodrigo Duterte and United States President Barack Obama have already patched up their differences. 

"President Obama and President Duterte have already talked with each other. I think they ironed out their differences," Jose said, echoing the statements of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, who was with the two world leaders when they met Wednesday. 

Duterte and Obama saw each other at a holding room inside the National Convention Center in Vientiane where they both attended the gala dinner for heads of state participating in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. 

"I cannot give the details but they were able to discuss things. It was before they went down for the gala dinner," Jose said. 

"All the leaders were in a holding room and it was there that they talked with each other," he added. 

Jose noted that the brief exchange is an affirmation that the strong diplomatic relationship between the Philippines and the United States will continue.

"It is important that they have talked with each other. We know the other side has expressed concern over the remarks of President Duterte," he said. 


Topics: Obama , Duterte , ASEAN Summit , Laos
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