Two Fateful Days
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Kuwait in the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ahmed Khaled Abdullah al-Jiyran, told about the significant February dates for the people of his nation, 25 and 26. He thanked the leadership of our country for the congratulatory letter to the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Jabir al-Sabah, on the occasion of public holidays.
- As a rule, the National Day in most countries is celebrated on the date of independence. In Kuwait, that date is June 19, when the state gained independence from Britain in 1961.
On the whole, Independence Day celebrates the triumph of national identity. With regard to the prehistory of the festival, it begins in 1897, when the sheikh of Kuwait began to seek protection from the British from the invasion of the Turks, at which time the British naval base was stationed here. Thus Kuwait became a British protectorate and remained until 1961, when the British finally granted the country complete freedom. Immediately after the announcement of the British decision, Iraq attempted to seize control of Kuwait.
However, these attempts were rejected by both the British and the League of Arab States. Despite the fact that on 19 June 1961 Kuwait became a sovereign state, celebrations on the occasion of Independence Day are held annually in Kuwait on 25 February. The fact is that on Independence Day it was decided to appoint the day of ascension to the throne of Sheikh Abdullah Alsalem Alsabah, the founder of the Constitution of Kuwait, a man who played a significant role in the development of the country.
On February 26, Liberation Day is celebrated in Kuwait; it has been celebrated since 1991, and is timed to the complete liberation of our country from the Iraqi occupation, which lasted about seven months. This holiday for us is like the Victory Day for you - a holiday with tears in our eyes. After all, the invaders killed thousands of citizens, that’s why on that day the Kuwaitis hold rallies, bring flowers to the graves of the deceased, remember the heroism of our ancestors, their blood spilled for the sake of the Motherland’s freedom, happiness and peace for future generations. Thanks to them, today our people live in peace and tranquility.
Numerous guests from all over Kuwait gather on these holidays, folk music groups demonstrate their high art. Very widely this holiday is celebrated in educational institutions of the country, arranging solemn events. The flags of the State of Kuwait are raised high in all public and private institutions.
Our country is very happy to receive congratulations from the head of Uzbekistan these days. We have strong bilateral relations, signed a number of agreements in the political, trade-economic, cultural-humanitarian and educational spheres.
On January 30, 2018, the delegation of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development visited Tashkent, where a loan agreement was signed to implement the infrastructure project in some housing units that are being built in rural Uzbekistan. The contract amount is $ 30 million. This is the ninth project of KFAED in Uzbekistan, supported by the fund.
An important event in bilateral cooperation was the holding of the first round of Uzbek-Kuwaiti interMFA political consultations in April 2017.