Philippines sends special envoy to Iraq

16:46, July 30, 2010      

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The Philippine government has dispatched a special envoy to Iraq to assess the country's security situation and the security measures in place for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

The team of special Envoy Roy Cimatu, who left the country for Iraq Thursday, will return to Manila next week and submit his report and recommendations to an inter-agency committee which is also currently closely monitoring the work condition of Filipino workers in said country and studying options to address their situation and concerns.

The move is in light of the phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from said country, including a major pullout of combat troops by end of August, Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday.

To date, there are around 6,000 Filipinos working in Iraq despite the Philippine government's travel and labor deployment ban to Iraq.

The Philippine travel and deployment ban to Iraq was imposed in July 2004 as a result of the kidnapping of OFW Angelo dela Cruz and the continued volatile security situation in the country.

Source: Xinhua


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