World News: Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait died at the age of 91, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind expressed their condolences by tweeting.
Prime Minister Modi tweeted condoling the death of Sheikh Sabah, “Today, the State of Kuwait and the Arab world has lost a beloved leader, India a close friend, and the world a great statesman. His Highness played a leading role in strengthening our bilateral relations, and always took special care of the Indian community in Kuwait.”
He further added, “My heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait. In this moment of grief our thoughts are with the Al-Sabah family and the people of the State of Kuwait.”
At the same, President Ramnath Kovind expressed sorrow, “Deeply saddened at the demise of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait. He was a great statesman, humanitarian leader and close friend of India. My condolences to HH’s family, Kuwaiti Govt and its people in this time of grief.”
On 29 January 2006, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed took the leadership of Kuwait as Emir. Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, who held his first emir’s post, was removed from the post of Emir by parliament in just nine days due to illness.
Now after his death, the fourth son Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah will take over the leadership of Kuwait. Sheikh Sabah declared his younger brother Sheikh Nawaf as his successor. Sheikh Sabah had been the Foreign Minister of Kuwait for a long time. As Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah worked a lot in building a close relationship with Iraq and resolving regional problems after the 1990 Gulf War.
Even till the last days of his life, Sheikh Sabah strived to resolve the dispute between Qatar and other Arab countries.