President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh who met with the President at the Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018. Also in the photo is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday met with the Ambassador of Kuwait, Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh, in Davao City days after the Kuwait government protested the Philippine government’s action to rescue distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) relayed the commitment of the Kuwaiti government which transpired during the meeting “to protect and ensure the welfare of our more than 250,000 kababayans” working there.
The statement added that for its part, the Philippines “gave renewed assurances of our respect for the sovereignty of the State of Kuwait and the dignity of the Kuwaiti people.”
“We also agreed to continue to work together to address matters of mutual concern and will update the public of developments,” DFA added.
The agency also appealed “for the public’s kind understanding as we ask for some diplomatic space to allow us to continue our engagement with our Kuwaiti counterparts.”
DFA said it is optimistic that “the remaining issues between the Philippines and Kuwait will be resolved.” – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue