Kuwait rejects sovereignty breach, ready to work with the Philippines to solve labor issues

Kuwait Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah (ctto)

Kuwait rejects any breach against its sovereignty or laws and will act decisively against any relevant attempt - this as reportedly confirmed by Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah affirmed on Sunday.

In reaction to remarks made by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Jarallah, made the announcement.

He said that Kuwait is now ready to cooperate with Manila to explore all means to address any labor issues, which also includes 800 Filipino citizens who are currently in Shelters, in Kuwait.

Yesterday, Duterte said that sending of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Kuwait will now be permanently banned, after spat over Philippine Embassy Officers rescuing Filipinos in the Gulf State.
The quarrel between the two countries started in February following the death of a Filipina helper, Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found stuffed by her employers in a freezer prompting the Philippine President to ban deployment of workers.

The spat deepened after Kuwaiti authorities last week ordered Manila’s envoy to leave the country after leak of videos of Philippine embassy staff helping workers flee from their abusive employers.

Kuwait and Philippines have been negotiating a labor deal but with the recent escalation tension have placed the agreement in doubt.

"This ban (on the deployment of Filipino workers) stays permanently. There will be no more recruitment for, especially domestic helpers," Duterte said on Sunday in Davao City, upon arrival from his 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore.

Speaking after a meeting held by Kuwait authorities yesterday, Jarallah said that Kuwait is keen on maintaining safety and rights of all expatriates including Filipino community within the labor laws of the country.

He also appreciated the contributions of Filipinos, who are working in different sectors in Kuwait.
Jarallah said that Kuwait shared Duterte’s desire to maintain deeply-rooted relations, recalling the support of the Philippines to Kuwait back in 1990-1991 Iraqi invasion. He said, “the historic friendship could help overcome this exceptional circumstance”.

The Foreign Minister said that Kuwait is looking forward to working with the Philippines to honor mutual interest.

 Source: Kuwait Times, Kuna

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