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Duterte to visit Kuwait in October


President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to visit Kuwait this October, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Friday.

“I think he’s going there anytime this month,” the official told reporters when asked if the President’s trip would finally push through.

President Duterte has repeatedly mentioned his plan to visit the Gulf state to personally thank its officials for signing a memorandum of agreement for the protection of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Kuwait Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaked Al-Hamad Al-Sabah have followed up on Duterte’s visit during their bilateral meeting at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.

“Sinabi niya inaantay na nila at most welcome si Pangulo at kahit sinong Filipino officials na bumisita,” he told the Philippine News Agency.

“Sinabi rin niya na as close friends, anything that happened in the past wala na ‘yon,” he said referring to the past diplomatic fiasco between the two states.

Bello said a Philippine delegation would hold talks with Kuwaiti authorities to finalize an employment contract template for all Filipinos who will work in the Arab State.

“We are sending a delegation this weekend together with Presidential Adviser on OFWs Abdullah Mamao, I think Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is also coming,” he said in Filipino.

The MOA, signed by the officials of both the Philippines and Kuwait in May 2018, assures that Filipino domestic workers are granted with a day off each week, food, health insurance, non-confiscation of passport, use of cellphones and afforded legal assistance. (PNA)