Somalia expresses condolences to Kuwait on death of Sheikh

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia joined the rest of the world in paying tribute to Kuwaiti leader Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, who died in the United States on Tuesday, just 14 years after the start of his reign, characterized by diplomacy high level in the Middle East. East and around the world.

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Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, a seasoned diplomat who positioned the small Arab Gulf state as a regional peacemaker and forged an American alliance that deepened after the country’s invasion by the Iraq in 1990 died at the age of 91, state media confirmed. Tuesday afternoon.

In a tweet, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo also paid tribute to the Kuwaiti leader, saying: “We have received with great sadness and great sadness the death of the late Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the ‘State of Kuwait. “

Said Abdullahi Deni, the president of Northeastern State state in Somalia, also acknowledged the contribution of the Kuwaiti leader, adding that his death was a significant loss for the Arab League of Nations and international diplomacy. He said the emir was a great humanitarian.

“On behalf of the government and people of the State of Northeastern State, we extend our deepest condolences to the people and MOFAKuwait of Kuwait for the loss of the late Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The emir was a great leader, peacemaker and humanitarian. May Allah have mercy on him, ”the statement read.

And Somaliland, which has fought for statehood for three decades, paid tribute to the seasoned diplomat, often involved in the crisis between Hargeisa and Mogadishu, which is apparently far from over. Somaliland claimed independence from Somalia in 1991 after decades of authoritarian rule under General Siad Barre.

The head of the Somaliland liaison office in Nairobi Bashe Awil Omar mourned the Kuwaiti leader as a “great” man known as “the father of humanity” in an interview with Garowe Online. He praised him for helping Somaliland in “the hour of need” and pledged to cooperate closely with the Gulf nation.

“May Allah have mercy on the Grand Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad. As Somaliland, we mourn with great sadness and sorrow with our brothers in Kuwait, ”he said in a message, noting that the death of the Sheikh is a huge loss for the Arab League of Nations and the missions. international diplomatic.

“Sheikh Sabah, also known as the father of humanity, has launched a wide range of humanitarian assistance to the people of Somaliland. 2018.

In 2012, the former President of Somaliland, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, visited the Kuwaiti leader during a state visit where they discussed bilateral relations. The visit is ranked as one of the most publicized trips by a ruler of secessionist Somaliland in as many years.

Somaliland has stepped up diplomatic activities in recent months in an effort to persuade the international community to recognize it as a sovereign nation. But in a recent interview, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo dismissed the unrest, arguing that “Somalia will not split into regions, which is why they failed in their candidacy”.

Sheikh Sabah, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2019, had traveled to the United States for medical treatment following complications from bladder surgery in July. State news agency KUNA reported his death without giving a cause, but there was grief all over the country.

Born in 1929, the late ruler who served as Kuwait’s foreign minister for nearly 40 years took power in 2006. He was considered the architect of modern Kuwait’s foreign policy and a respected voice in the Cooperation Council of the Gulf. [GCC] region and the wider Middle East.

His death is expected to raise his 82-year-old half-brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to the rulership of Kuwait, but the steering committee will make such a decision within hours, if not. days to come.

While the politics of the incoming emir were not yet apparent, analysts predicted that Kuwait would continue to play the role of mediator in its turbulent neighborhood, skillfully sailing between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from a side and the enemies of those Arab states, Iran and Qatar. , the other.

Country of the Persian Gulf of 4.2 million inhabitants dug between Saudi Arabia in the south and Iraq in the north, Kuwait has the sixth largest known oil reserve in the world, which gives it immense wealth that granted some independence from its more powerful neighbors.

According to Kuwaiti tradition, which is that the post of emir alternates between the two branches of the ruling family, Sheikh Sabah was not supposed to reign. But he was propelled to power in 2006 after a health crisis ousted his predecessor, Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, nine days after Sheikh Saad’s reign. Sheikh Saad died in 2008 at the age of 78.

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