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Obama must understand problem first before discussing human rights: Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte promised to wipe out narcotics in Southeast Asian nation. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Manila, NCR, Philippines Aug 31, 2016, 04.32 AM (IST)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he was ready to discuss any issues with US President Barack Obama when they meet in Laos next week. But, he added that Obama must listen to him first before bringing up the question of human rights.

Since Duterte became president two months ago, there has been a surge in killings related to drugs. Washington has expressed concerns regarding Philippines’ war on drugs.

Asked if he would be willing to discuss human rights at his meeting with Obama on the sidelines of an East Asia summit on September 6, Duterte told reporters: "Depends to what degree".

"They must understand the problem first before we talk about human rights. I would insist, listen to me: this is what the problem is, then we can talk," Duterte said.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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