US President Donald Trumpwelcomes Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, at the White House Oval Office in Washington, September 7, 2017. Image Credit: Reuters

Kuwait City: The White House released a statement by US President Donald Trump following the demise of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah in America yesterday. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend, His Highness the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah. Melania and I send our sincere condolences to the people of Kuwait. Sheikh Sabah was an unwavering friend and partner to the United States. Earlier this month, I had the honour of awarding him the prestigious Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander.

“The Emir was an unparalleled diplomat, having served as Foreign Minister for 40 years. His tireless mediation of disputes in the Middle East bridged divides under the most challenging circumstances. I hope that the Gulf nations will come together to honour his legacy and work towards the cooperative future he envisioned.”
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The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, described the late Emir as a “distinguished statesman and an outstanding humanitarian who contributed to building bridges of understanding in the Gulf region and beyond. In so doing, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed earned international recognition for his wisdom, generosity and achievements in State-building and preventive diplomacy.

A notable leader, he was held in high esteem by the people of Kuwait.
“As a close friend of the United Nations, His Highness always sought to strengthen relations for the shared goal of sustaining peace and stability in the region and around the world.”