United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim will soon leave the country for his next diplomatic posting to Indonesia.
However, Kim said he remains focused on strengthening the ties between the US and the Philippines since there is no clear time yet for his departure from his post in Manila.
The While House last week announced that US President Donald Trump had expressed his intent to nominate Kim as the next “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Indonesia.”
“I’m obviously grateful and excited about it,” Kim told reporters during the press conference on the 8th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue between the Philippines and the US.
“For now I remain focused on [the] US-Philippine relationship…This is a tremendous opportunity and privilege for me to serve as ambassador to the Philippines,” he said.
“There’s been no decision on my departure time. I remain focused on my work here in Manila, we’ll continue to do so until there’s a clear sense of timing for my next assignment,” the US envoy said.
The White House announcement came after reports that US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Mina Chang would be Washington’s next ambassador to the Philippines.
But the US Embassy denied Chang’s supposed appointment.