Kuwait orders Philippine ambassador to leave in one week

26 April, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Cayetano apologizes to Kuwait over PH embassy's rescue ops

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"The action taken by the Kuwaiti Government is deeply disturbing as it is inconsistent with the assurances given by Kuwaiti Ambassador Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh during his meeting with Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano in Manila on Tuesday", it said.

Kuwait on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to the Philippines and gave the Filipino envoy in Kuwait a week to leave the country amid a diplomatic row over Filipina domestic workers in the country, the Gulf News reported.

Cayetano said Kuwait had accepted the Philippines' explanation after the Kuwaiti ambassador met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and held talks with Cayetano.

The Philippines government imposed a similar ban on the UAE past year after reports emerged of workers being abused.

A video circulating on social media showed some Filipinos who were being rescued from their employers in Kuwait by the Philippine Embassy. The employers did not hand over their passports. "It was not a clandestine operation", said Elmer Cato, assistant secretary for public diplomacy.

News agency KUNA said the Philippine ambassador had been given a week to leave oil-rich Kuwait, adding tension to a spat between the two nations triggered by the discovery of a Filipina's body in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait City.

Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero on Thursday urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to remain aggressive in rescuing distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) despite the controversy stirred by an incident in Kuwait.

The Philippine Embassy, when extending any help to Filipino workers, should always coordinate with the Kuwaiti government, but in the video that went viral, the Embassy conducted the rescue operation without the knowledge of the Kuwaiti authorities.

"The secretary conveyed our request for Kuwait's kind understanding of the sworn duty of the government to protect Filipino nationals anywhere in the world", Roque said in a statement.

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