Obama, Indian prime minister meet during summit


"Export of terror, growing radicalisation and spread of extreme violence are common security threats to our societies", Modi said while addressing the 14th India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit. I can't say how long they met.

"I don't take the kinds of comments personally", Obama said at a news conference, noting that Duterte had used the same phrase to describe other world leaders, including the pope.

However, during the ASEAN dinner, the two leaders were seen having a brief chat to clear the air, according to Manila, while Washington termed it as an exchange of formal pleasantries.

On his final day in Asia, Obama met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose help Obama is seeking to galvanize further action on climate change, especially among developing countries.

Closing out his final presidential trip to Asia, Obama said his meetings with foreign leaders during stops in China and Laos had illustrated that governing is "serious business" requiring knowledge, preparation and thought-out policies that can actually be implemented.

When news of this reached the Obama camp, the US President said he asked his staff to find out whether holding a meeting would be useful.

Earlier this week Duterte said it would be "rude" for the president to discuss human rights abuses at the meeting, with Obama telling reporters their partnership was more concerned with suppressing the country's battle on drugs.

Modi had also exchanged views with Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China's Hangzhou on September 4, with the USA president praising the "bold policy" move on GST reform in a "difficult" global economic scenario.

Before flying to this Laotian capital on Tuesday, he warned Obama not to question him about the killings in his war on drugs or "son of a bitch I will swear at you".

The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of the deepening partnership between the United States and India and the value of their shared engagement in the region, including through the East Asia Summit, the official said.

After Obama pulled the plug on their meeting, Duterte expressed regret for his comments.

But Duterte, who took office in June, has signaled that he is open to increased dialogue with China seeking to resolve disputes in the South China Sea, where China claims full sovereignty and has build artificial islands that some fear could have military applications.

He has also repeatedly promised to protect police from prosecution if they are charged over the deaths and insisted human rights can not get in the way of his war. "It was OK", Dureza quoted Duterte as saying.

His handpicked police chief, Ronald dela Rosa, last month called for drug addicts to kill traffickers and burn down their homes.

"They met at the holding room and they were the last persons to leave the holding room", Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay told the Associated Press. "I continue to believe Guantanamo is a recruitment tool for terrorism".

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