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Filipino President to meet with McCully

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/11/2016

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will meet with controversial Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte for an informal meeting in Auckland.

Mr Duterte arrived in Auckland for the brief one-night stop on Tuesday morning, returning from the APEC Summit in Peru.

"They'll be having an informal catch up," a spokesman for Mr McCully said.

Mr Duterte does not have a formal programme of bi-laterals planned during the overnight trip.

It has been speculated that Mr Duterte's route through New Zealand was specifically arranged to avoid travelling through the US.

Mr Duterte has expressed his distaste for America in the past.

In October US President Barack Obama cancelled a planned sit-down with Mr Duterte after the Filipino leader called him the "son of a whore".

International media also suggested Mr Duterte may have chosen not to attend the APEC Summit gala dinner to avoid having to interact with Mr Obama.

A spokesman for Mr Duterte said he was feeling unwell.

He is expected to leave New Zealand on Wednesday.

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