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| 13 February, 2018

All diplomatic channels regarding Philippines officials' statements taken -- Al-Saleh

The Filipino community are appreciated like all other communities in Kuwait

Filipino workers who were repatriated from Kuwait listen during a dialgoue with a welfare officer upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines February 12, 2018.

Filipino workers who were repatriated from Kuwait listen during a dialgoue with a welfare officer upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines February 12, 2018.

REUTERS/Erik De Castro
KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti government, represented by the Foreign Ministry, has resorted to all diplomatic channels concerning statements uttered by officials in the Philippines over Filipino manpower in the country, Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh, said on Tuesday.

This came in a statement by Al-Saleh while commenting on a letter of MP Al-Humaidi Al-Subei concerning statement made by Philippines' officials on the issue of Filipino domestic labor.
 
The MP asked that the committee on foreign affairs be tasked to discuss this matter to be followed by a report to be submitted to the parliament.

The diplomatic channels taken by the government represented by the Foreign Ministry are long and have mechanisms and regulations, Al-Saleh said.

This subject began with a statement by the Philippines President on January 19 followed by other statements by other Philippines officials.

A statement was issued by Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah expressing his regret over the statements made by the Philippines President regarding the situation of the Filipino manpower in Kuwait, followed by a decision to suspend the employment of Filipino workers, Al-Saleh added.

The Filipino community are appreciated like all other communities in Kuwait, Al-Saleh stressed.

Among the remarks made according to the statement of the Deputy Foreign Minister, which was published by KUNA, that there are more than 270,000 people of the Filipino community are in Kuwait, and are treated well as other nationalities. There are practices that are forbidden by law and the law applies to everyone, he added.

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