Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during Change of Command ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, metro Manila, Philippines October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao
SEOUL - 4 June 2018: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to Kuwait on Sunday for his "harsh" words at the height of a months-long diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic workers, France 24 reported.
The spat began in February when a murdered Filipina maid was found in her employer's freezer in the Gulf state, prompting Duterte to lash out at the "inhuman" treatment of migrant workers and ban workers from travelling to Kuwait.
"For the first time I would say that I was harsh in my language maybe because that was a result of an emotional outburst. But I'd like to apologize now," Duterte said, addressing Kuwait directly in a speech before expatriate Filipinos living in South Korea.
"I'm sorry for the language that I was using but I'm very satisfied with... how you responded to the problems of my country."