Detained Filipino diplomats in Kuwait to be freed in 2-3 days

Malacañang on Tuesday announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has designated Secretary Abdullah Mama-o as special envoy to Kuwait

Tension between the two nations escalated following Kuwait's protests against the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait's rescue operations of distressed Filipino workers.

Cayetano arrived in Kuwait on Thursday and will be meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah on Friday to discuss the state of bilateral relations between the Philippines and Kuwait, in particular the proposed memorandum of understanding on the employment of household service workers.

The spokesman said that a special Kuwaiti police unit would liaise with Philippine authorities over complaints of abuse by Filipino workers and a 24-hour hotline would be provided to allow workers to call for assistance.

Secretary Cayetano in Kuwait.

Nevertheless, the secretary believes the misunderstanding between the two countries will soon be settled.


Roque added during the briefing that they have requested the Kuwaiti government if they can also bring home the three diplomats who were ordered arrested because of the controversy.

"Housemaids will follow, but we want to see the immediate effect of the agreement, which we are going to sign on Friday, he said, according to Kuwait Times. In the same manner that we're assuring them na ang (that their) national state nila dito sa Pilipinas (in the Philippines) will be kept safe and will be protected", he said.

Bello said he will be recommending the partial lifting of the deployment ban to the President. "I had a pull aside meeting with the member of Assad family-sila yung ruling Emir-at meron namang pinadala sa aking personal message to the President which I have relayed to the President", Roque said.

But Kuwaitis sought to end the crisis after Duterte said on Sunday that he was making permanent the departure ban in place since February, when a Filipina maid was found murdered in her body was found in her employer's freezer.

Yesterday, Roque said the trip was cancelled because the President already appointed Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mamao to deal with the country's unsettled business with Kuwait and to try to achieve complete normalcy of ties.

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