November 13, 2017 / 7:05 AM / a year ago

Trump briefly discussed rights with Philippines' Duterte: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte alongside the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump briefly discussed human rights with Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte in the context of his war on drugs when the two met on Monday, a White House spokeswoman said.

The two also discussed Islamic State, trade and narcotics during the much anticipated meeting on the sidelines of a summit of Asian leaders in Manila. Trump said the two had a “great relationship”.

“Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines’ fight against illegal drugs,” said White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders.

Reporting by Steve Hollamd; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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