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Kuwaiti FM reaffirms care for foreign expatriates
January 25, 2018, 9:00 am

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday the expatriate workers in Kuwait enjoy care and appreciation. The affairs relating to their stay and work contracts are governed by the relevant rules of law, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah told reporters this evening during a reception held by India Embassy in Kuwait to celebrate the National Day of India.

Citing the annual review reports that praise Kuwait's human right records, he said the country addresses the issues of foreign expats in "a candid and transparent way that preserves their rights" as per the provisions of law.

"These issues as well as the recent incident do not affect the country's humanitarian fame," Al-Jarallah said. "The huge expatriate community in Kuwait, including nearly 276,000 from the Philippines, testifies to the care and stability enjoyed by the expats.

"The Filipino workers enjoy comfortable conditions that guarantee their rights regardless of the recent unjustifiable fuss," he pointed out. On behalf of Kuwait, Al-Jarallah expressed regret over the comments, recently made by President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte on the Filipino workers in Kuwait.

The Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry made its point clear to the Filipino authorities regarding the reported cases and demanded evidence of any cases but they failed to produce any, he revealed.

Asked whether Kuwait plans to amend the provisions of the labor law, particularly those relating to domestic workers, Al-Jarallah said the current law is modern and won praise of the competent international organization. He affirmed that the countries that have large expatriate communities in Kuwait were informed that their nationals are held in high esteem and enjoy care and respect.

He ruled out any tendency to suspend residency of any Filipino workers.

Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah also pointed out that the Iraqi government has resumed paying compensations to Kuwait relating to the 1990 invasion. Iraq started, a month ago, paying the installments of the compensations agreed with Kuwait under auspices of the United Nations Compensation Commission, he said. The payments will continue until 2021, Al-Jarallah told reporters.

On the property of Kuwaiti citizens in Iraq, he said contacts are underway with the Iraqi authorities to enable the Kuwaitis to restore these properties. Iraq was forced to stop paying the installments of the compensations to Kuwait in 2014 due to the security challenges that added strains on the state budget. 

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