PHL ASKS KUWAIT TO EXPLAIN RECALL OF AMBASSADOR, ARREST WARRANTS VS. DIPLOMATIC PERSONNEL
Declaring him persona non-grata, on April 25, the kuwaiti government ordered Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa to leave within a week.
The Philippines on Thursday said it is distrubed by the Arab- nation's decision.
The dispute has led to the suspension of the Philippines' effort to sign a deal with Kuwait for the protection of Filipino workers.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), it planned to summon Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh for an explanation but the kuwaiti envoy has already been recalled by his home country.
DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano had expected that the diplomatic row had eased after his meeting with Althwaikh in Manila on Tuesday, a day after President Duterte met with Kuwaiti ambassador in Davao City.
The foreign department also wanted the kuwaiti government to explain the continued detention of four Filipino drivers hired by the Philippine ambassy to help in the rescue of filipino maids from alleged abusive employers.
The Palace has earlier stated that it wants ties between the Philippines and Kuwait to remain.