The Philippines and UAE Agree to Strengthen Consular Assistance to Filipinos and Emiratis

(Left photo) H.E. Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, Philippine Ambassador to UAE together with H.E. Faisal Eissa Lutfi, Assistant Undersecretary for Consular Affairs of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC), after the signing of the MOU establishing the Joint Committee on Consular Affairs at MOFAIC on 7 April 2021. (Right photo) At the Inaugural meeting of the PH-UAE Joint Committee on Consular Matters which proceeded (in virtual format) right after the signing of the MOU, Amb. Quintana led the PH team in the UAE (Embassy and the Consulate General).

The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Establishment of a Joint Consular Committee to create a bilateral mechanism for the protection of the interest of their nationals by mutually providing timely and effective assistance on a whole range of consular matters on 7 April 2021.

The signatories on behalf of their respective governments were H.E. Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, and H.E. Faisal Eissa Lutfi, Assistant Undersecretary for Consular Affairs of MOFAIC.

“Excellent people-to-people relations are the bedrock of PH-UAE bilateral relations and the MOU,” said Amb. Quintana, hailing the agreement as another milestone further strengthening PH-UAE cooperation.

The virtual inaugural Joint Consular Committee Meeting under the MOU was convened after the signing ceremony where the delegations of both countries discussed concrete ways to enhance the assistance given to their nationals in coordination with respective local authorities of each country.

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