President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined other world leaders in mourning the death of the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
In his message of condolence to the Royal Family and the People of the State of Kuwait, the President described the late Emir as a true friend of Kenya and an astute global leader who stood and worked tirelessly for peace in the Middle East.
“His Highness Sheikh Sabah was a global icon for peace especially in the Middle East where he was involved in several peace processes covering a number of countries in the region,” President Kenyatta wrote in a condolence message sent to newsrooms on Tuesday, September 29.
The President added that the Emir was committed to the strengthening of Kenya-Kuwait bilateral ties as demonstrated during his visit to the country in 2017.
“Following my visit to Kuwait in 2013, the Emir made a reciprocal visit to our country in 2017. The two historic visits helped strengthen commercial and people-to-people ties between Nairobi and Kuwait City,” President Kenyatta recalled.
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, regarded as the architect of the nation’s modern foreign policy, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, according to the royal court.
“With great sadness and sorrow, we mourn… the death of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait,” said Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, the minister in charge of royal affairs, in a televised statement.
State television had cut its regular programming and switched to a broadcast of Koranic recital before the announcement.
The emir had been receiving hospital treatment in the United States since July after undergoing surgery in Kuwait City.
No details have been disclosed on the nature of the emir’s illness or treatment, and the palace did not say where he died.
Sheikh Sabah leaves behind a strong legacy of public service having served for close to four decades as his country’s foreign minister before rising to become Prime Minister in 2003. He became Kuwait’s Emir in 2006 after the death of Sheikh Jaber Al-Sabah.
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