US President BARACK OBAMA and Philippine leader RODRIGO DUTERTE had a brief face-to-face encounter, days after a very public spat.
On Tuesday OBAMA had cancelled planned talks after the firebrand DUTERTE called him the “son of a whore”.
Wednesday’s informal meeting took place before an Asean summit gala dinner.
While a Philippine spokesman said he was “very happy” it happened, the US side said they had a “brief discussion” in a pre-meal “hold space” for leaders.
OBAMA and DUTERTE are said to have entered the dinner venue separately at the summit in Laos and did not interact with each other during the event, which lasted one hour and 20 minutes.