News ID: 154590
Published: 0740 GMT July 08, 2016

Philippine president blames US, UK for Mideast violence

Philippine president blames US, UK for Mideast violence
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his speech before a solidarity dinner with the poor event at a slum area in Manila, Philippines.
Photo by AARON FAVILA

The new Philippine president blamed US intervention for the bloody conflicts in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries in his critical remark against Manila's closest security ally.

President Rodrigo Duterte suggested in a speech to Muslims on Friday that US policy was to blame for terrorist attacks on its soil, saying, "It is not that the Middle East is exporting terrorism to America, America imported terrorism," AP reported.

Duterte said the US-led invasion in Iraq, which was backed by Britain, led to Saddam Hussein's downfall but caused the oil-rich nation to descend into bloody strife, adding that America's action had no legal basis.

Duterte described himself as a leftist president and has declared he would chart a foreign policy not dependent on the United States.

   
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