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Duterte says Philippines not cutting ties with allies

Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the East Asia Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday his country was not cutting ties with its allies, a day after he called for the withdrawal of U.S. special forces.

“We are not going to cut our umbilical cord to countries we are allied with,” Duterte said in a speech at a Philippine air force event.

Duterte also said the Philippines does not intend to fight any other country.

Reporting by Manuel Mogato, Neil Jerome Morales and Manolo Serapio; Editing by Robert Birsel

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