Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah passed away at the age of 91 on Tuesday, according to the announcement of the Kuwaiti government through state television station.
The emir has suffered from heart and urinary system diseases in recent years. He was admitted to hospital on July 18 for a medical checkup and had a “successful” surgery a day later.
On July 23, Al-Sabah went to the United States to complete medical treatment following his surgery. Before leaving for the U.S., he authorized the Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to carry out some of emir’s duties.
Al-Sabah became Kuwait’s fifteenth emir in January 2006. While continuously promoting reforms in Kuwait’s internal affairs and diplomacy, he has also been widely recognized by the international community for his active mediation in various crises in the Middle East and Gulf countries.
In September 2014, the United Nations honored the late Kuwaiti leader the title of “Humanitarian Leader” for his continuous efforts in humanitarian work.
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