Statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs on the Action Taken by the State of Kuwait Against Ambassador Renato Villa

MANILA 25 April 2018 — The Department of Foreign Affairs has been informed that Ambassador Renato O. Villa has been declared unacceptable by the State of Kuwait and has been given one week to return to Manila.

The action taken by the Kuwaiti Government is deeply disturbing as it is inconsistent with the assurances given by Kuwaiti Ambassador Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh during his meeting with Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano in Manila on Tuesday.

The Department will ask Ambassador Saleh to explain first thing tomorrow why the Kuwaiti Government reneged on the agreement reached with him to work together to move bilateral relations between the Philippines and Kuwait forward.

In discussions at every level with Kuwait, the Philippines has always emphasized that the well-being of Filipino nationals wherever they may be will always be of paramount importance.

The protection of the rights and the promotion of the welfare of Filipinos abroad would always be the guiding principle of the Philippines in its relationship with countries around the world, including Kuwait.