Vice President Sara Duterte Thanks Nigeria and Qatar as Envoys Pay Courtesy Calls

Vice President Sara Duterte (4th, left) and Nigerian Ambassador Folakemi I. Akinleye (with yellow head gear).

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MANILA (SDN) — Ambassadors to the Philippines of two member-countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have made separate courtesy calls on Vice President Sara Duterte

The OIC is the pan-Islamic non-government body that is the voice of the global Muslim community (Ummah) estimated at 1.6-billion strong. Its membership is comprised of 57 countries, but with a sprinkling of non-Muslim members like Suriname.

Qatar, in addition, is one of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) — Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

The Vice President, Education Secretary Sara Duterte, with Ambassador of Nigeria Folakemi Ibidunni Akinleye.

In a press statement from the Office of the Vice President (OVP), it was learned that Nigerian Ambassador, Her Excellency Folakemi Ibidunni Akinleye, and His Excellency Ahmed Saad Al Homidi, State of Qatar Ambassador to the Philippines, made separate courtesy calls on the Vice President on Friday, August 11, 2023.

In the first call, the “Nigerian envoy thanked Duterte for the message she sent them during their 1st Nigeria-Philippines Business Forum and 1st Nigeria-Philippines Women in Leadership Summit last year.”

Duterte and Akinleye spoke about their mutual desire for possible collaboration in the field of education.They discussed possible collaborations in the field of education.

Vice President Sara Duterte shakes hands with Qatar Ambassador Ahmed Saad Al-Homidi their meeting.

On the other hand, the Vice President took advantage of the opportunity to extend her thanks to the “Nigerian government for taking care of Filipinos, especially seafarers, in the African country.

“We would like to thank you and your country for taking care of Filipino seafarers in Nigeria. We truly appreciate your kindness,” the Vice President said.

Meanwhile, on the same day, Duterte was also pleased to receive His Excellency Al-Homidi. Qatar’s top diplomat in Manila presented his credentials to President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. last March 23.

The Vice President thanked the Qatari government for its collaboration with the OVP and the DepEd where the Embassy of Qatar distributed school supplies and FIFA World Cup souvenirs to selected school children.

It can be recalled that in 2022, Qatar hosted the FIFA World Cup, the first to be held in the Arab world and Muslim world. The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup was the second in Asia following the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan (via Wikipedia).

Lionel Messi guided his Argentina team to win the Qatar World Cup Championship, beating powerhouse France in the Finals’ penalty shootout — 4-2 — after their 3-3 draw. (✓)

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