PM Modi, Australia PM Turnbull hold bilateral meeting — ASEAN Summit

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

The Indian Prime Minister arrived in the Philippines capital on Sunday for a three-day visit.

In another unusual and candid moment from the ASEAN summit, Duterte - who recently said he stabbed someone to death when he was a teenage because of "a look" - sang a Filipino love song "on the orders of Donald Trump" shortly before the summit.


"Whoa, whoa", Duterte said, according to a report from the White House press pool.

Trump was standing on stage at the Manila summit alongside leaders including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc when they crossed their arms for a traditional group handshake.


A joint statement after the meeting said the two sides "underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs". Activists later held their protests about a kilometre away from the venue and burned a 13-foot (4-metre) effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump. His government says the police act in self-defense, but critics say executions are taking place with no accountability.

"I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem", Trump said in the April 29 phone call. Mr Modi also assured President Trump that India will try to "live up to the expectations" of the US and the world and thanked the US President for speaking "highly" about India during his trips.


"This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world", he said.

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