Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has met informally with US President Barack Obama in a holding room before attending a gala dinner at a regional summit, officials said.
The brief meeting today took a little sting out of the soured relations caused by Mr Duterte's intemperate language referring to Obama earlier this week.
That caused Mr Obama to cancel a formal meeting scheduled for yesterday.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Pefecto Yasay told reporters: "I am confirming that they met."
Mr Yasay said: "I am happy. This shows that the relationship between the two allies is strong."
Mr Obama and Mr Duterte are in the Laotian capital along with other regional leaders for the summit.