Real Status Of Diplomatic Crisis Between Philippines & Kuwait Revealed
The real status of the diplomatic crisis between the Philippines and Kuwait has been finally revealed after surrounded by issues and controversies.
The Kuwaiti government quickly recalled Ambassador Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh after declaring Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa as ‘persona non grata’ despite his assurances to the local government.
In the recent history, Villa was the first Filipino envoy who has been dismissed by his host country for allegedly violating laws and international treaties.
Villa has been expelled and ordered by the Kuwaiti government to return to Manila a week after his dismissal from the post.
The Filipino envoy has been summoned by Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for his remarks against the State of Kuwait and showing a video of the Philippine Embassy officials rescuing maltreated Filipino domestic working from their abusive employers.
However, the PH Ambassador to Kuwait explained that the rescue operations were done in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior.
Kuwait became angry after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) released a video footage showing the rescue of distressed OFWs.
The Kuwaiti government claimed that the actions of the Philippine Embassy officials are a violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Provision 41 of the Vienna Convention “bars infringement on individuals’ prerogatives and immunities, respecting states’ laws and non-intervening in their local affairs.”
Former US Foreign Service Officer John Burgess said that firing an ambassador indicates that the host country signifies displeasure with sending country’s policies or to a particular person.
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