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Obama and Duterte finally met after insult

Obama and Duterte finally met after insultIt seems that the tension has fallen after U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with his Filipino counterpart and had a brief chat on Wednesday.

It came after on Monday Duterte called Obama a "son of a bitch" ahead of a summit of Asian leaders in Laos. Two leaders were about to talk on Tuesday but the White House canceled the meeting after Duterte's insult.

"I'm very happy that it happened. It all springs from the fact that the relationship between the Philippines and the United States is firm, very strong," Philippines' foreign minister, Perfecto Yasay, said of their short meeting.

The two men shook hands and chatted for about two minutes as they waited to take their seats at a gala dinner ahead of Thursday's East Asia Summit, according to Yasay and several of Duterte's aides.

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The White House official said "the exchange consisted of pleasantries between the two".
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