The un­for­got­table father of diplo­macy

Farewell to our beloved late Amir Sheikh Sabah Ahmed

Arab Times - - BUSINESS - By Kamel Al-Harami In­de­pen­dent Oil An­a­lyst Email: naftikuwai­ti@ya­


legacy will re­main for years and years to come. His stand­ing on the world stage as the Amir of Hu­man­ity will never fade away. This ti­tle is not lo­cal but is in­ter­na­tional as it had been awarded by the United Na­tions. The father of hu­man­ity, our late Amir, had com­bined hu­man­ity with diplo­macy... he was born with th­ese traits.

Not only on the in­ter­na­tional arena but also lo­cally in­side Kuwait and among fam­i­lies, he was con­sid­ered as the last re­sort. Ev­ery­one abided by his de­ci­sion.

Words can­not ex­press our sor­row over the loss of our Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah. He was our leader with the wis­dom to bring sta­bil­ity and tran­quil­ity in our Ara­bian Gulf re­gion and the Arab world. He was be­hind the es­tab­lish­ment of the Ara­bian Gulf league and made sure to steer it into safety and unity. He al­ways sought greater and wider co­op­er­a­tion. Sta­bil­ity and peace are born with him. He trav­eled all over to bring the Arab world to­gether, no mat­ter how chal­leng­ing the mis­sion was.

Even when he was sick and in the USA for med­i­cal treatment, he never stopped mak­ing his usual con­tacts and send­ing his del­e­gates to bring our broth­ers in GCC to­gether. The White House trusted his judg­ment and wis­dom, and be­lieved in the abil­ity of our Amir Sheikh Sabah to solve all lo­cal issues peace­fully. In fact, he was the one who stopped mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion... an ac­tion that was praised by the White House, which placed its weight and faith on our beloved Amir.

Our Amir’s life in­volved non­stop travel that was aimed for bring­ing peace among the Arab broth­ers and find­ing last-minute so­lu­tions us­ing his mag­i­cal diplo­matic touch. Ir­re­spec­tive of whether they were times of war and peace, it did not mat­ter. His con­sis­tency, pa­tience and sim­plic­ity led to gain­ing trust in his diplo­macy at the high­est level.

His doors were opened to all of us. He never hes­i­tated to re­ceive us in per­son, talk to us, or miss any of his so­cial du­ties. If not in per­son, he would at least send sim­ple cards of greet­ings, flow­ers, or con­do­lence notes. He was a sim­ple and down to earth hu­man be­ing.

The world will miss him for sure like we do. How­ever, we are blessed by his brother who is our new Amir His High­ness Sheikh Nawaf. He was blessed and guided by his late brother in en­sur­ing Kuwait will con­tinue to sail on the same path and main­tain diplo­matic re­la­tions. It is our blood... in the blood of the na­tion of Kuwait.

Rest in peace our beloved Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad. He was the only head of state that all global lead­ers praised... they re­spected his even-handed pol­icy.

Rest in peace... you will re­main in our heart and minds. We are blessed by your cho­sen suc­ces­sor, your brother Sheikh Nawaf our new ruler... In the smoothest way pos­si­ble, he will guide us through your wis­dom, carry for­ward your for­eign pol­icy, pur­sue new friend­ships with the world, and en­sure pros­per­ity for the na­tion.



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