Source: News Bharati English06 Sep 2016 10:57:06
Vientiane, September 6: US President Barack Obama cancelled his first meeting with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, after the latter described Obama in vulgar terms in his speech on Monday. Obama cancelled his meeting with Filipino President after he learned about the insult. Later Duterte apologised and expressed regret over the abusive statements made against Obama.
"Clearly, he's a colorful guy. I've instructed my team to talk to their Philippine counterparts to find out is this a correct time where we can have some constructive and productive conversation,” Obama said.Instead, Obama now plans to meet later on Tuesday with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, said Ned Price, spokesman for the White House National Security Council — a meeting where the response to North Korea's latest missile tests is expected to be on the agenda.
Duterte is a plain-spoken populist known for his colorful remarks and his campaign against illegal drugs. This isn't the first time that Duterte's comments have triggered diplomatic disputes. Last month, Duterte also made insulting comments about John Kerry Secretary of State, he applied the same moniker to an Australian missionary who was gang-raped and killed, and even to Pope Francis, even though the Philippines is a heavily Catholic nation. He later apologized.
The White House had said Obama did not plan to pull any punches on his concerns about human rights abuses in the Philippines, its treaty ally, when meeting Duterte. Duterte said it would be "rude" for Obama to raise the human rights issue, and told reporters such a conversation would prompt him to curse at Obama.