Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari (l.) shook hands with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, after a court suspended a warrant for Misuari's arrest, at Jolo, in the southern Philippines, Thursday. Reuters
Reuters: Philippine president meets rebel leader after arrest warrant lifted
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held talks with a wanted Muslim rebel leader at the presidential palace on Thursday, immediately after a court suspended a warrant for his arrest, in an effort to bolster his nationwide peace process.
Nur Misuari had been on the run since September 2013 and charged with leading a bloody rebellion, but Duterte welcomed him and the two discussed how to put an end to nearly five decades of insurgency in the south.
Misuari founded the Moro National Liberation Front in 1969.
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WNU Editor: I am sceptical that these "talks" will lead anywhere ... they have been done before. But I guess someone has to start this new round of talks.