Trump skips East Asia summit plenary, but says trip was a success

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will tell the Philippine president there have been too many killings in his war against drugs.

The Modi-Phuc meeting came days after Trump's visit to Vietnam where he offered to mediate in the South China Sea dispute between several ASEAN member countries including Vietnam, and China.

Trump is slated to attend a pair of worldwide summits and meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

"President Trump expressed his condolences for the tragic loss of life in Marawi City at the hands of ISIS-affiliated terrorists, and congratulated the Armed Forces of the Philippines for its success in liberating Marawi", according to a joint statement released after the bilateral meeting between Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, November 13.

The two sides sealed four agreements and agreed to cooperate on counter-terror.

However, Trudeau said that during his conversation with Duterte, he "mentioned human rights, rule of law and specifically extra-judicial killings as being an issue that Canada is concerned with".

President Donald Trump participated Monday in the opening ceremonies of a 10-nation gathering in the Philippines, the final stop in his five-country Asia tour.

Duterte has been a controversial figure since taking office as president previous year, and launching a war on drugs that has killed at least 3,900 people in the Philippines.

Duterte cursed Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, past year for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two.

Speaking to the media, the Secretary (East) of the Ministry of External Affairs, Preeti Saran, said the invitation to Mr. Duterte was extended by Mr. Modi during the bilateral discussions.

The government in mostly-Buddhist Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognize the term.

On the ground, military operations continue to clear buildings for stragglers.

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