The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has taken note of the serious allegations of sexual harassment at some of its Missions.
The Ministry can now confirm that it has received some reports and assures that these reports are currently being dealt with in accordance with established and applicable Public Service rules and procedures and appropriate action will be taken upon completion of the enquiry. The Ministry further wishes to point out that there is no attempt to sweep anything under the carpet. To this end, I wish to point out that even though I may appear to have somewhat prevaricated over the issue during the interview, an astute reader would have discerned that I did not actually make a categoric denial of sexual harassment complaints or reports having been lodged with my Office.
Given the fact that these reports, of necessity, remain allegations until and unless they have been proved otherwise, it is only natural and proper that I should, as I did, refrain from making comments which could possibly prejudice the interests of either party, that is, the alleged victims and the alleged culprit.
I must further point out that I deal with this issue professionally and dispassionately and with a straight face, and also with my integrity and credibility intact. I also have no motive or inclination to dither as far as this matter is concerned.