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Kishida and Duterte discuss holding 2+2 security talks

In phone call, Philippine president lauds Japan as 'unrivaled' bilateral partner

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida by telephone at Malacanang Palace on Nov. 17. (Photo courtesy of the presidency)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte spoke by phone Wednesday and agreed to advance discussions toward launching a "two-plus-two" meeting of their foreign and defense ministers.

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