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

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

The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to visit India for the 2018 ASEAN-India commemorative summit, along with other leaders of the ASEAN.

Ms Ardern said she would urge Mr Duterte to carry out an enquiry into the high numbers of death.

Trump says he'll have more to say about trade at the White House later this week.

Trump boasted about hundreds of billions in trade deals his trip would bring the USA, though that number is subject to change.

Their meeting was one of the most anticipated of the summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila, with human rights groups pressing Mr Trump to take a tough line on Mr Duterte over his bloody war on drugs, in which thousands of people have been killed.

"The conversation focused on ISIS (Islamic State), illegal drugs, and trade".

A spokesman for Duterte, however, said "there was no mention of human rights" and "no mention of extralegal killings". "Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs", Sanders said.

Duterte backs Japan in countering North Korea
At the beginning of the meeting, Mr Turnbull said the threat posed by North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un was a key topic. Australia has also been the target of threats from the rogue state for its close relationship with the US and South Korea.

President Trump wrapped up his marathon trip through Asia on Tuesday, citing progress on trade deals, greater respect in foreign capitals for US power and prestige, and reassurance of allies over nuclear tensions with North Korea.

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

The ASEAN-UN meet on Monday was the last item on the President's schedule on Monday. Analysts on the Korean Peninsula said Mr. Trump succeeded in lowering tensions while showing firm resolve in his demand to denuclearize North Korea.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would attend Tuesday's summit in his place, a senior White House official said, adding the event was running too late.

"In my view", he told The Times, "President Trump has been fueling North Korean crisis by conducting fierce verbal attacks against North Korea's Kim Jong-un intentionally".

More than 3,900 people have been killed in a war on drugs that Mr Duterte declared when he took office past year. Instead, Trump said he and Duterte have "had a great relationship" and avoided questions about whether he'd raise human rights concerns with the Filipino leader during a private meeting.

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