Kuwait flag marks 55 years
Fifty-five years ago today, the Kuwaiti flag adopted its current Pan-Arab colors of black, white, green and red, replacing the all red flag with the centered word of ‘Kuwait’ in white. The current flag was raised over Seif Palace on November 24, 1961, marking Kuwait’s independence for Britain, which took place on June 19th 1961. Late Sheikh Saad AlAbduallah Al-Salem Al-Sabah was the first to hoist the flag under the ruling of the late Amir Sheikh Abduallah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, who was named as ‘father of independence.’
In 1961, Kuwait signed an independence treaty with Sir George Middleton, the British commissioner for the Arabian Gulf, canceling an agreement signed with Britain in 1899 to protect the Gulf country against external ambitions. When Kuwait joined the United Nations, the Kuwaiti flag was hoisted in front of the UN headquarters by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who was Kuwait Foreign Minister back then. —KUNA
Sheikh Saad Al-Abduallah Al-Salem Al-Sabah hoists Kuwait’s flag for the first time.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is pictured during a flag-raising ceremony.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah poses for a picture after hoisting Kuwait’s flag outside the United Nation’s building in 1963.