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Turnbull and Duterte talk counter-terrorism and 'war on drugs' in first ever bilateral meeting

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte hold their first ever bilateral meeting at the East Asia Summit in Manila.

Reuters - SBS Wires

Malcolm Turnbull intends to rally world leaders to turn the tap off for money laundering schemes flowing to North Korea's weapons program and Islamic State militants.

The prime minister touched down in Manila, the Philippines capital, on Sunday afternoon for the East Asia Summit, which coincides with the larger Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting, to be greeted by a ceremonial dance party welcome on the tarmac.

The region's premier strategic forum is convened at a time of great global insecurity and uncertainty, Mr Turnbull said.

"I will urge world leaders to implement meaningful, practical measures to bring North Korea to its senses and prevent the spread of terrorism," he said.

Stamping out illegal financing underpinning Pyongyang's weapons program and IS militants is crucial.

"We must tighten the net," Mr Turnbull said.

"If we cut their funding we cut their capacity to hurt and harm."

Read more: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/11/13/turnbull-and-duterte-talk-counter-terrorism-and-war-drugs-first-ever-bilateral