A bilateral meeting between the Philippines and Kuwait is reportedly being worked out slated for the end of September, over a month before the Philippine president’s official state visit in the Gulf nation by mid-October, as shared in a report by GDN Online.
Diplomats from both nations will participate in the said meeting. The diplomatic meet will touch on the details of the implementation of the labour agreement concerning domestic workers in particular, signed by both Kuwait and the Philippines a few months back.
Philippines and Kuwait to Arrange Bilateral Talk ahead of Duterte’s Visit in October
In line with the preparations for the bilateral appointment, the Philippine special envoy to Kuwait, Abdullah Mamao, has arranged a meeting with Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah who shared his country’s satisfaction at the direction of the two countries’ improving relations.
After the important bilateral meeting, Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte will be paying the Gulf State an official visit set in mid-October, according to sources of local Kuwaiti newspaper Al Anba.
Along with the visit will be the official announcement of the new ambassador to Kuwait who will succeed Renato Villa’s tumultuous stint as Philippine ambassador to the Gulf State, after he was declared persona non-grata by the State due to allegations of organizing a team of embassy personnel to smuggle maids from their employer’s domiciles which sparked rage from the Kuwaiti government especially at a time when the two countries have been nearing a diplomatic meltdown. The former ambassador to Kuwait has been appointed Deputy Ambassador in Washington DC since.
With the series of diplomatic engagements being organized towards the end of the year, hopefully, a new and much-improved chapter between the two nations with long-standing partnership will begin with the appointment of the new Philippine ambassador to Kuwait.