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Duterte to visit Israel, meet Netanyahu

/ 08:55 PM August 13, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted an invitation to visit Israel next month in a sign of improving ties, which had hit a sore spot early in his presidency when he compared his bloody anti-drug crackdown to Hitler and the Holocaust.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday that Duterte will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his Sept. 2-5 visit to discuss cooperation in labor, tourism, trade, agriculture, counterterrorism and law enforcement.

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The department says it will be the first visit by a Philippine president since diplomatic ties were established in 1957.

Duterte drew outrage in 2016 when he compared his anti-drug campaign to Hitler and the Holocaust and said he would be “happy to slaughter” 3 million addicts. He later apologized. /ee

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