A bitter dispute between Kuwait and the Philippines over the treatment of domestic workers is set to end with the signing of a new agreement.

 

A copy of the agreement seen by AFP news agency reportedly includes the right for workers to keep their passports and mobile phones, which are routinely confiscated by employers in Kuwait and other Gulf states.

 

Workers would be guaranteed food, housing, clothing and health insurance – and employment contracts would be renewed only with approval from Philippine officials, AFP said.

 

Speaking after the signing of the new agreement on Friday, Philippine officials said a new ambassador would be appointed to Kuwait and would advise President Duterte to lift his ban on workers travelling to the country.

 

She was found dead in a freezer in her employer’s apartment in February, more than a year after she was reported missing, with signs of torture.

 

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