Kuwaiti Ambassador assures Duterte of OFWs' protection

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) — Kuwait's ambassador assured President Rodrigo Duterte late Monday that Filipinos working in Kuwait will be protected, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Duterte and several Cabinet officials met with Ambassador Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh in Davao City to discuss the concerns of overseas Filipino workers, assuring Kuwait of the Philippines' respect for its sovereignty, the DFA added.

"During the meeting, Ambassador Saleh reiterated to us the commitment of the Kuwaiti government to protect and ensure the welfare of our more than 250,000 kababayans working there," a DFA statement said. "For our part, we gave renewed assurances of our respect for the sovereignty of the State of Kuwait and the dignity of the Kuwaiti people."

The DFA statement said both countries agreed to work together to address matters of mutual concern and that they were optimistic issues between both countries would be resolved following the dialogue.

The meeting took place after state-run Kuwaiti News Agency reported two Filipinos were arrested for encouraging house helpers to escape their employers, and that Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa was summoned by authorities to protest Villa's alleged inflammatory comments to media.