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President Obama Meets Informally With Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte After Insult

Obama called off a meeting after Duterte called him a 'son of a b---'

(VIENTIANE, Laos) — Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay says President Barack Obama has met briefly with new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of a summit in Laos.

There was no immediate confirmation from the White House.

Yasay says the two met in a holding room used by leaders attending a summit dinner. He says the interaction shows that the relationship between the two allies is strong.

Details about what they discussed weren’t immediately available.

Obama and Duterte had been scheduled to hold their first meeting Tuesday. But Obama canceled it after Duterte called Obama a “son of a bitch” and threatened to swear at him if he brought up concerns about extrajudicial killings of drug dealers and users in the Philippines.

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