Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah said that the total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait does not serve interests of Philippines and Kuwait, and is not the solution.
“This escalation will not serve the interests of either Kuwait or the Philippines,” the Kuwaiti foreign minister said during a joint press briefing with visiting US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Kuwait on February 13.
“The only solution is to cooperate and collaborate on the details of the very sad and unfortunate events that happened. Only this can help us get to the bottom of it, can help increase the cooperation between the two parties, and increase the number of foreign Filipinos working in Kuwait,” he added.
The Kuwaiti official said that the Kuwaiti government is communicating with President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs “to try and explain the conditions of work of all Philippines workers.”
“We have 130,000 Filipinos working in Kuwait, and they are the community that makes less problems. Of course, there are individual accidents that happen; however, we collaborate in the investigations with the Filipino authorities. So we are in direct communication,” he explained.