Trump, Duterte meet for first time at APEC

US President Donald Trump met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for the first time at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam on Saturday.

The meeting was "short but was warm and cordial," Duterte's spokesman Harry Roque told reporters.

"The leaders were generally pleased to finally meet each other in person," he said.

Trump told Duterte "see you tomorrow," Roque said.

Leaders pose during the family photo session at the APEC Leaders' Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam November 11, 2017. (Front L-R) China's President Xi Jinping, Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, (back L-R) Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump. /Reuters Photo

Both the leaders are in Da Nang, Vietnam for the APEC Leaders' Meeting. Trump will head to Manila on Sunday for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on the last leg of his 12-day Asian trip.

Duterte had said on Wednesday that he would tell the US president to "lay off" if he raised the issue of human rights when they met.

Human rights, rule of law and due process were among topics Trump and Duterte would likely discuss during their bilateral talks, Sung Kim, US ambassador to Manila, had said last month.

Source(s): Reuters