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US, India to hold bilateral talks in Laos

World leaders share bonhomie Photograph: (Reuters)

DNA Laos Sep 08, 2016, 01.22 AM (IST)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama will hold a bilateral meeting today on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Vientiane, Laos.

At the gala dinner hosted by Laos Prime Minister Thonglun Sisoulith on Wednesday, the two world leaders were seen bonding.

President Obama also met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, after their initial meeting was cancelled by the White House on account of Duterte insulting Obama.

Dutarte's outburst was in response to comments by Obama's aides that the President planned to raise concerns about Duterte's drug war that has claimed 3,000 lives in just over two months.

"You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum," he said.

Meanwhile, Philippines' foreign minister Perfecto Yasay said, "I'm very happy that it happened," referring to their brief meeting.
"It all springs from the fact that the relationship between the Philippines and the United States is firm, very strong."

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