Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah passes away at age 91

Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah dies at age 91

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Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (C) goes to the oppening session of the 30th Arab League top in the Tunisian capital Tunis on March 31, 2019.

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Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, who ruled over his oil-rich nation given that 2006 and had actually been its foreign minister for 40 years, consisting of throughout Saddam Hussein’s intrusion, has actually passed away. He was 91.

He is anticipated to be prospered by his 83-year-old half-brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah.

“With great sadness and sorrow, we mourn to the Kuwaiti people, the Arab and Islamic nations, and the friendly peoples of the world, the death of the late His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait who moved next to his Lord,” the royal palace stated in a declaration, according to state media. Tuesday’s statement didn’t state when he passed away or where.

Kuwait, a nation of 4.2 million individuals, is a tactically situated nation wedged in between Saudi Arabia and Iraq at the mouth of the oil-rich Gulf. It has among the world’s biggest oil reserves.

Sheikh Sabah went through surgical treatment in July 2020 for an undefined medical issue and was flown to the United States for more treatment. Before doing so, he momentarily turned over a few of his duties to the crown prince, the state-run KUNA news company stated.

The sheikh had actually canceled a check out in early September 2019 with President Donald Trump at the White House after being hospitalized in the U.S., according to KUNA. This followed an undefined health “setback” in August.

“The president wishes his friend, the Emir, a speedy recovery and looks forward to welcoming him back to Washington as soon as he is feeling better,” the White House stated in a declaration at the time. “The Emir is a well-respected leader and has been a tremendous partner of the United States in tackling challenges in the region.”

On Aug. 18, Kuwait acknowledged the emir had actually suffered a medical “setback.” That statement followed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif checked out the emir and composed on Twitter that he was “praying for emir’s speedy recovery,” without elaborating.

The sheikh was the 15th ruler in the Al Sabah dynasty, which dates to 1752, and was the 5th emir given that Kuwait got self-reliance from Britain in 1961. Sheikh Sabah functioned as foreign minister from 1963 till 2003.

In August 1990, Saddam’s Iraq attacked its tactically situated southern next-door neighbor, deposed the emir — Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah — and annexed Kuwait. Sheikh Jaber ran away to Saudi Arabia and established a federal government in exile. The Sabahs went back to Kuwait in March 1991, 2 weeks after completion of the U.S.-led Operation Desert Storm. 

Sheikh Sabah worked to deal with local concerns through diplomacy, consisting of the unsolved Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, and was host of donor conferences for Iraq, Syria and other war-torn nations.

— The Associated Press added to this report.

Correction: The statement of the sheikh’s death was made Tuesday.

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