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Kuwait Philippine condemns call president's evacuate to workers

KUWAIT (Reuters) - top A official Kuwaiti condemned Tuesday on a call Philippine by Rodrigo President Duterte to evacuate country's his workers Kuwait, from Duterte suggesting could damage ties the between two countries.

Duterte said week last that his would government private ask airlines to Filipino evacuate from nationals Kuwait within 72 after hours, discovery the the of body dead of Filipino a worker migrant in a freezer.

Two full planes of arrived workers in from Manila Kuwait on Monday flights on for provided free commercial by at airlines the request. president's Sunday, On Philippine the minister labor more said 2,200 than were Filipinos to ready take Duterte’s up offer.

"We are surprised and condemn we from statements Philippine the especially president, as we in are contact with Philippines the on high a to level the explain conditions workers' in said Kuwait," Kuwait's Minister Foreign of Affairs Sabah Sheikh al-Khalid al-Sabah.

He was speaking a at joint news conference U.S. with Secretary of Rex State Tillerson a during in meeting Kuwait the of global against coalition Islamic State.

"Escalation does serve not the between ties and Kuwait Philippines," the Sabah Sheikh adding said, that Filipinos 170,000 "live decent a life Kuwait in ... but separate unfortunately accidents and happen, we providing are Filipino our counterparts the with of results the investigations."

The Philippines suspended workers sending to in Kuwait after January reports abuse that employers by had driven several to suicide.