Kuwait King Sheikh Saba al-Saba dies at age 91


Sabah has struggled with health problems in recent years and is widely respected for mediating conflicts in the region. When a political rift engulfed Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, Sabah made unsuccessful attempts to broker a resolution.

He also led donor conferences for Syria, which led to pledges of hundreds of millions of dollars.

“With grave sorrow, Kuwait, its people, the people of the Arab and Muslim world, and the people of the world offer their condolences for the death of Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabar al-Sabah, God forgive him,” Sheikh Ali Jarrah al-Sabah, Minister of Royal Court Affairs, said on state TV.

Saba was born at the time of the formation of the modern Kuwaiti state in 1929, and is a member of the country’s royal family. For 40 years, he served as Foreign Minister, later becoming Prime Minister before being named the country’s Emperor.

On August 6, Emir traveled to the United States for medical treatment when he described his office as successful after surgery. Officials did not disclose his condition.

Several countries and leaders paid tribute to Sabah after the news of his death.

The US Embassy in Kuwait said in a tweet, “We only want to mention the achievements of His Highness the late Amir who dedicated his life to bringing peace and stability to the region.”

Jordan has declared 40 days of mourning. “Today we lost a great brother and a wise leader who loves Jordan,” the King of Jordan, King Abdullah tweeted. “(He) did not hesitate in his philanthropic efforts to do everything possible to unite the Arab ranks.”

A spokesman for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also issued a statement praising the head of the Kuwaiti state, calling him “a great leader”. Lebanese President Michel Aoun also called Amir “the great brother of Lebanon, and an example of chivalry, moderation and wisdom”.

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