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Trump, Duterte meet in Manila at Asean gala dinner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 November, 2017, 10:15pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 November, 2017, 10:37pm

US President Donald Trump is attending a gala in the Philippines celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greeted Trump and other leaders one by one as they arrived at a convention centre in Manila for the glitzy event.

Trump and Duterte shook hands twice and exchanged pleasantries before the leaders posed for a group photo and everyone filed into dinner.

Trump joined his fellow leaders in wearing Philippine formal attire – the Barong Tagalog, or long-sleeved white shirt.

Duterte sat to Trump’s left at dinner and they engaged in conversation before the first course was served.

Trump and Duterte will hold more formal talks on Monday.

Duterte has come under intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that includes extrajudicial killings. Trump has previously praised Duterte’s handling of his nation’s drug problems.

Last week Duterte indirectly warned Trump to “lay off” the issue of human rights.

Trump was originally expected to depart Manila on Monday but he added a day to the visit so he could more fully participate in one of the summits.