The 86th Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Day
In commemoration of the unification and founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Abdul Aziz bin Saud in 1932, Ambassador Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Bussairy hosted a celebration party at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.
During the auspicious occasion, guests were treated to renowned Saudi Arabian cuisine, as the wealthy Middle Eastern nation showcased its rich culture and history. Ambassador Abdullah Bussairy commemorated the success Saudi Arabia achieved after the long struggles and battles fought, from the times of founder King Abdulaziz to the present day under the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
In his speech, the Ambassador cited the growing ties between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The two countries have maintained formal diplomatic relationship since Oct. 24, 1969 – one that has remained vibrant through the years.
“Since the establishment of our diplomatic relations, the Philippines has close ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is our top trading partner in the Philippines and hosts nearly 900,000 of our Overseas Filipino Workers,” Department of Foreign Affairs Acting Secretary Linglingay Lacanlale said.
Lacanlale also expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia for its support and assistance extended in the repatriation of Filipinos from Yemen. She pointed out that the repatriation of Filipinos was made possible through the assistance by Saudi authorities to the officials of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the consulate general of Jeddah.
“We are very grateful for the recent systems in the repatriations of employers or OFW working in companies who are going through financial difficulties,” beamed the Foreign Affairs acting secretary. “We look forward to strengthening and broadening our bilateral relations in the coming years. We hope for more high-level visits, engagement in economic and diplomacy initiatives, and organizing activities addressing security issues including the global fight against terrorism.”
To Ambassador Abdullah Bussairy, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and its people, Expat congratulates you on your 86th National Day!
By VIA BAROMA