‘Resolving Filipino domestic workers issue needs time’

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 26: The Assistant Secretary of State for Asian Affairs Ambassador Sameh Hayat affirmed that resolving the “misunderstanding” in the issue of Filipino domestic workers requires time and solid steps. Despite this, things are progressing at a steady pace, especially after the meeting of His Highness the Crown Prince with the President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos Jr. In a press statement issued on the sidelines of the celebration of Kazakhstan’s National Day, he said, “The issue relates to committees and the discussion of many matters between the two parties.”

Ambassador Hayat stressed that the meetings with the Philippines side have not stopped, as he considers the Philippine ambassador like the rest of the ambassadors, adding that the diplomatic channels are always open. As part of the celebration of Kazakhstan’s National Day, he revealed a visit by a high-level Kuwaiti delegation to discuss matters of concern to the two countries, adding that relations with Kazakhstan and the countries of Central Asia will be Kuwait’s next destination.

He said, “The repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic had delayed some projects, but we are in the process of getting things back on track and making high level visits that will result in agreements and memorandums of understanding that frame the relationship and open the way for investment in these countries.”

At the level of Kuwaiti-Chinese relations and the implementation of projects in Kuwait, Amb. Hayat said, “We signed seven agreements on the sidelines of the visit of His Highness the Crown Prince to China. Important and strategic discussions were held with the Chinese President and senior officials, which resulted in the signing of agreements on development projects in many fields, but we need time to put it in a certain way and how to involve China and others in this issue.”

Regarding Kuwait’s speech at the United Nations, he stressed that Kuwait’s positions are clear, solid and well-known on the Palestinian issue and cannot be reduced to one speech or one event. Ambassador Hayat said, “We have a history that attests to our commitment to Palestine. We work with the Palestinian leadership and its ambassadors. I had a meeting with the Asian ambassadors recently, and we talked about the Palestinian issue. We shared and exhanged proposals so that we can be united in supporting our brothers and sisters in Palestine”.

By Fares Al-Abdan
Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff

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