Duterte, Obama chat briefly before summit dinner

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(File photos) United States President Barack Obama (L), Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R)

Vientiane (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama and Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte met briefly and exchanged pleasantries on Wednesday, officials said, easing tensions after an acrimonious fallout that cast a shadow over an Asian leaders' summit in Laos.

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The presidents of the two longtime allies were due to hold talks for the first time on Tuesday but the White House scrapped the meeting after the volatile Duterte insulted Obama.

"I'm very happy that it happened," Philippines' foreign minister, Perfecto Yasay, said of their short meeting.

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"It all springs from the fact that the relationship between the Philippines and the United States is firm, very strong."