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During the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Joint Consular Committee.

PHOTO BY PHILIPPINE EMBASSY ABU DHABI


Philippines, UAE establish joint consular committee for protection of nationals

 

DUBAI – The Philippines and the UAE entered into a formal bilateral agreement to create a joint consular committee to provide assistance on consular matters for the protection of Filipinos and Emiratis.

A Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Joint Consular Committee between the UAE and the Philippines was signed at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) in Abu Dhabi.

The agreement was signed by Hjayceelyn Quintana, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, and Faisal Eissa Lutfi, Assistant Undersecretary for Consular Affairs of MOFAIC.

Quintana hailed the signing of the agreement as another milestone in the further strengthening of Philippine-UAE cooperation in diplomatic missions.

“Excellent people-to-people relations are the bedrock of PH-UAE bilateral relations and the MOU is a testimony to the two countries’ commitment to further protect the interests of their nationals in each other’s country,” the Philippine ambassador said.

Immediately after the signing ceremony, the virtual inaugural Joint Consular Committee Meeting under the MOU was convened, chaired by Lutfi.

The Philippine delegation was led by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Ma. Theresa Lazaro, and was composed of representatives from the DFA, Department of Justice, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine National Police, Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai.

The UAE delegation was headed by Lutfi and included representatives from the MOFAIC, Ministry of Interior (MOI), Abu Dhabi Health Services, and the Federal Agency for Identity and Citizenship. ICA/Expat Media


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