After insult, no Obama-Duterte bilateral meeting in Laos

After insult, no Obama-Duterte bilateral meeting in Laos
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, is shown the way by a Chinese official as he arrives at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. European Union leaders have called for China to take action on its bloated steel industry and defended an order to Ireland to collect back taxes from Apple, highlighting the trade strains looming over a global economic summit.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Vientiane - Plans for a bilateral meeting were shelved after Duterte tore into Obama with an obscenity on Monday



By IANS

Published: Tue 6 Sep 2016, 12:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 6 Sep 2016, 2:13 PM

 US President Barack Obama and his Philippines counterpart Rodrigo Duterte will not meet in Laos on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit, the US Embassy here confirmed on Tuesday.

According to a media report, plans for a bilateral meeting were shelved after Duterte tore into Obama with an obscenity on Monday, and later the White House cancelled a scheduled meeting with the Philippine President, Xinhua news agency reported. 

"I always want to make sure that if I'm having a meeting...it is actually productive and we're getting something done," Obama was quoted as saying before his departure for Laos.

The proposed meeting, now cancelled, would have been the first since Duterte came into office on June 30.

Obama arrived in Vientiane on Monday evening after participating in the G20 Summit in China's city of Hangzhou. 


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