VIENTIANE, Laos — The Latest on President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Laos (all times local):
Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay says President Barack Obama has met briefly with new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of a summit in Laos.
There was no immediate confirmation from the White House.
Yasay says the two met in a holding room used by leaders attending a summit dinner. He says the interaction shows that the relationship between the two allies is strong.
Details about what they discussed weren’t immediately available.
Obama and Duterte had been scheduled to hold their first meeting Tuesday. But Obama canceled it after Duterte called Obama a “son of a bitch” and threatened to swear at him if he brought up concerns about extrajudicial killings of drug dealers and users in the Philippines.
President Barack Obama is having dinner with leaders of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations during a summit in Laos.
Obama and the other leaders entered wearing long-sleeved shirts of different colors. The shirts are a tradition at the annual summit.
Obama was seated six seats to the right of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The two had been scheduled to hold their first meeting Tuesday but Obama canceled it after Duterte crudely insulted him.
Obama sat next to the sultan of Brunei and chatted with him as reporters were briefly allowed in.
The leaders raised red wine glasses for a toast before watching a musical performance involving flowers and tiny flags.
President Barack Obama is blaming the failure to win passage of a multinational trade agreement on the fact that it’s political season in the U.S.
He says it’s always difficult to get things done when lawmakers are in the midst of campaigning for re-election.
At a Q-and-A session with Southeast Asian youth leaders, Obama says he thinks Washington will refocus after the election on why the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is so important.
Obama strongly supports the agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries to reduce tariffs on thousands of goods, but there is strong resistance to it in Congress.
Republican leaders of the House and Senate have suggested the prospects for passage this year are dim. Both major presidential candidates also oppose TPP.
Still, Obama says he believes “we’ll get it done.”
President Barack Obama says the United States focuses on improving human rights in other nations when he travels abroad because it has learned that if you don’t respect all people or religions, then it results in conflict.
Obama is speaking to about 350 young leaders from the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries during his visit to Laos.
Obama says critics complain that the U.S. shouldn’t be meddling in other people’s business and that America has its own problems to confront.
But Obama says the U.S. is seeking to promote principles that rise above any individual religion, nationality or race.
He says “not everybody in America agrees with me on this by the way. I’ll leave it at that.”
President Barack Obama says Americans can get “lazy” and insular, and he hopes his presidency has helped broaden their worldview.
Speaking to a group of young leaders from across Southeast Asia, Obama says the U.S. “is and can be a great force for good in the world.” But because of its size, he says Americans “haven’t always had to know about other countries.”
In the United States, Obama says, “sometimes you can feel lazy.”
The president says he’s tried to change that by deepening connections with other parts of the world, particularly fast-growing Asia.
If Americans aren’t engaging and learning, Obama says they’ll miss opportunities and get “left behind.”
President Barack Obama says Southeast Asia means a lot to him and that driving around Laos reminds him of his childhood.
Obama is telling young people at an event in Luang Prabang that he lived in Indonesia as a boy and his sister is half Indonesian. His brother-in-law is Malaysian and Obama’s late mother spent much of her life in Southeast Asia, helping women make money by selling handicrafts and developing small businesses.
The president says his commitment to deepening America’s ties to the region is very real.
Obama notes that he’s the first American president to meet regularly with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
He’s also telling the young adults that they will build the future of the Southeast Asian region and the world.
President Barack Obama is touring a Buddhist temple that’s an important symbol of Lao heritage and culture.
His first stop was a carriage house at the Wat Xieng Thong temple in Luang Prabang.
Dressed in shirt sleeves and black socks, Obama looked in awe at a large golden ship adorned at the bow with golden dragons.
Obama said “it’s gorgeous” when reporters accompanying him asked his opinion.
Construction of the temple began in the 16th century when Luang Prabang was the seat of Lao royalty. The temple was used for coronations and was under royal patronage until 1975, when the monarchy was abolished. It is one of Luang Prabang’s most popular tourist destinations.
President Barack Obama is continuing his historic visit to Laos with a trip to the city of Luang Prabang.
Located in mountainous northern Laos, the city is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Obama plans to tour a Buddhist temple, before opening himself up for questions from young Southeast Asians at a town hall-style event at a local university.
Upon arrival at the airport, Obama shook hands with the officials who were on hand to greet him.
And with a slight bow, he accepted flowers from Miss Luang Prabang. She bowed back.
President Barack Obama says Laotians have been living under the “shadow of war” for four decades.
Obama is touring a rehabilitation center in Laos that treats victims of bombs the U.S. dropped during the Vietnam War. Obama says the U.S. dropped some 270 million cluster bombs, including 80 million that never exploded and remain a threat.
He says the war wasn’t contained to the battlefield because the bombs have killed farmers and of children who thought they could be toys.
The president says the U.S. has a profound moral obligation to help clean up the unexploded bombs. He’s touting $90 million the U.S. will spend over three years to aid the cleanup effort.
Obama is also telling the survivor of one of the bombs that he’s inspired by him.
President Barack Obama is touring a rehabilitation center in Laos that treats survivors of bombs the U.S. dropped on the country during the Vietnam War.
Obama’s visit to Laos is the first by a sitting U.S. president. He’s touring the U.S.-funded Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise center in the capital, Vientiane.
Obama plans to meet with injured survivors and be briefed by center officials.
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. dropped hundreds of millions of tons of explosives, including 80 million bombs that never exploded. Obama has announced the U.S. is roughly doubling financial help for bomb-clearing efforts to about $90 million over three years.