WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Trump held a phone conversation with Duterte, invited him to visit Washington, the White House said on Sunday.
"President Trump enjoyed the conversation and said that he is looking forward to visiting the Philippines in November to participate in the East Asia Summit and the U.S.-ASEAN Summit. President Trump also invited President Duterte to the White House to discuss the importance of the the United States-Philippines alliance, which is now heading in a very positive direction," the statement released by the White House said.
The two leaders also discussed the issues of regional security, "including the threat posed by North Korea," and the fight against drugs in the Philippines, the statement said.
Duterte, a former city mayor with a crime-fighting reputation, was sworn in as president in late June 2016 on promises to crack down on illegal drugs and put an end to drug-related crimes in the country. Shortly after taking office, Duterte launched a large-scale anti-drug campaign, with the police killing thousands of people during anti-drug operations over the months. The campaign has been widely criticized by international officials, including UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Hussein.
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