Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah dies at age 91
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He’s anticipated to be succeeded by his 83-year-old half-brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah.
“With nice unhappiness and sorrow, we mourn to the Kuwaiti individuals, the Arab and Islamic nations, and the pleasant peoples of the world, the dying of the late His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait who moved subsequent to his Lord,” the royal palace mentioned in a press release, in response to state media. Monday’s announcement did not say when he died or the place.
Sheikh Sabah underwent surgical procedure in July 2020 for an unspecified medical downside and was flown to america for additional remedy. Earlier than doing so, he briefly handed over a few of his obligations to the crown prince, the state-run KUNA information company mentioned.
The sheikh had canceled a go to in early September 2019 with President Donald Trump on the White Home after being hospitalized within the U.S., in response to KUNA. This adopted an unspecified well being “setback” in August.
“The president needs his buddy, the Emir, a speedy restoration and appears ahead to welcoming him again to Washington as quickly as he’s feeling higher,” the White Home mentioned in a press release on the time. “The Emir is a well-respected chief and has been an incredible accomplice of america in tackling challenges within the area.”
On Aug. 18, Kuwait acknowledged the emir had suffered a medical “setback.” That announcement got here after Iranian Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited the emir and wrote on Twitter that he was “praying for emir’s speedy restoration,” with out elaborating.
The sheikh was the fifteenth ruler within the Al Sabah dynasty, which dates to 1752, and was the fifth emir since Kuwait gained independence from Britain in 1961. Sheikh Sabah served as overseas minister from 1963 till 2003.
In August 1990, Saddam’s Iraq invaded its strategically positioned southern neighbor, deposed the emir — Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah — and annexed Kuwait. Sheikh Jaber fled to Saudi Arabia and arrange a authorities in exile. The Sabahs returned to Kuwait in March 1991, two weeks after the tip of the U.S.-led Operation Desert Storm.
Sheikh Sabah labored to resolve regional points by diplomacy, together with the unresolved Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, and was host of donor conferences for Iraq, Syria and different war-torn nations.
— The Related Press contributed to this report.
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