MANAMA — Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa today commended the 60,000 Filipino workers the Kingdom has been hosting and reiterated his government’s readiness to receive more.

“Filipinos are very welcome here in Bahrain and I assure you that we are taking good care of them,” Prime Minister Khalifa told Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano who is in Manama as part of an official visit to the Middle East.

“Filipinos here in Bahrain have nothing to worry about,” the Prime Minister told Secretary Cayetano while at the same time assuring him that his office is always ready to work with the Embassy to deal with problems that may involve Filipino workers.

During their meeting, Secretary Cayetano thanked the Prime Minister for his special affection and concern for Filipino workers not just in Bahrain but in the rest of the region as well.

“We would like to thank you for your special affection for Filipinos in Bahrain,” Secretary Cayetano said as he cited the humane and dignified treatment of Filipino workers in the Kingdom.

At the same time, the Secretary expressed appreciation for Bahrain’s efforts to promote cultural diversity and the integration of migrants in its society.

The Secretary also said the Philippines is looking forward to commemorating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Bahrain this year.

The visit of Secretary Cayetano came two weeks after Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola met with Prime Minister Khalifa and praised the Bahrain Government for its efforts to put in place processes that will enhance the protection of Filipinos and other expatriate workers there.

The Secretary was accompanied during the meeting by Taguig Mayor Maria Laarni Cayetano, Special Envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council Amable Aguiluz V, Ambassador Alfonso Ferdinand Ver, and Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Middle East and Africa Affairs Hjayceelyn Quintana.

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