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Kerry speaks to Philippines counterpart after separation comment by Duterte

October 24
18:59 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about Syria during a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se after the Central Asia Ministerial at the State Department in WashingtonU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his Philippines counterpart over the weekend, emphasizing strong and stable ties between the allies after comments by the Philippines president raised questions about bilateral relations, the State Department said on Monday. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry expressed concern about the tone of remarks by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has sharply criticized President Barack Obama and talked about a separation from the United States.


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