06 Aug '11, 11pm

Philippine President, Muslim rebel leader talk peace in Tokyo - Straits Times

Philippine President, Muslim rebel leader talk peace in Tokyo - Straits Times

President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III (above) left the country unannounced on Thursday night to hold unprecedented talks with a Muslim rebel leader in Japan. -- PHOTO: AP PRESIDENT of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III left the country unannounced on Thursday night to hold unprecedented talks with a Muslim rebel leader in Japan. Mr Aquino met for two hours with Murad Ebrahim, chair of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front, in a hotel near the Narita airport in Tokyo on Thursday evening, the first time a Philippine president has met face-to-face with a leader of the rebel group since on-and-off peace talks started 14 years ago. They discussed ways to push the peace process forward, said Teresita Quintos-Deles, the presidential peace adviser, who was with Mr Aquino in Tokyo. An official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not directly involv...

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