Prime News, National and International, New Delhi/Kuwait City, September 30:- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (September 30) expressed his condolences on the passing away of Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, describing him as a “beloved leader” of the Arab world and a “close friend” of India.
“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,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.
He said the late leader played a leading role in strengthening bilateral relations and always took special care of the Indian community in Kuwait.
“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,” the Prime Minister said.
President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his condolences. “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,” President Kovind said in a tweet.
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah passed away on Tuesday in a hospital in the United States. He was 91. According to Sputnik, the news of Emir’s demise was confirmed by the minister responsible for his affairs on Tuesday.
He became Kuwait’s Emir in January 2006 after the death of Sheikh Jaber al-Sabah.
Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad is Kuwait’s new Emir
Kuwait’s Cabinet on Tuesday (September 30) named Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as the country’s new emir, after the death of his half-brother Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah at the age of 91.
“Pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution… the Cabinet calls upon the crown prince, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, as the Emir of the State of Kuwait,” Deputy Prime Minister Anas Al-Saleh said in a statement.
Al-Saleh, who is also the country’s interior and Cabinet Affairs Minister, said that the Cabinet prayed for the success of the new ruler in his efforts to ensure the security and growth of the country. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)