U.S. en­voy moves to In­done­sia

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - NATION - BY GABBIE PARLADE @tri­bunephl_­gabs

Out­go­ing United States Am­bas­sador to the Philip­pines Sung Kim bid farewell to Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA) Sec­re­tary Teodoro Loc­sin Jr. on Tues­day.

Kim has been des­ig­nated as am­bas­sador ex­traor­di­nary and plenipon­tentiary to In­done­sia.

Loc­sin thanked Kim for his com­mit­ment in strength­en­ing the Philip­pines-US al­liance, which in­cluded sup­port for the mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines and the re­turn of the Balangiga bells to East­ern Sa­mar.

Both agreed that fu­ture de­vel­op­ments yet to be achieved in the Philip­pines-US part­ner­ship will push through specif­i­cally in the ar­eas of de­fense and se­cu­rity, bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and trad­ing in­dus­try.

On 7 Septem­ber, Kim re­ceived the Or­der of Sikatuna from Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, with rank of Datu, for his nearly four-year ser­vice in the Philip­pines.

It was a diplo­matic award granted to in­di­vid­u­als who have ren­dered ex­cep­tional ser­vice to the coun­try.

As of this writ­ing, Kim’s re­place­ment has yet to be an­nounced.

PHO­TO­GRAPH COUR­TESY OF DFA

FOR­EIGN Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Teodoro Loc­sin, Jr. (left) re­ceives on Tues­day United States Am­bas­sador Sung Kim, who has been ap­pointed as Am­bas­sador Ex­traor­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary to In­done­sia.

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