17 January 2006

Secretary-General Deeply Saddened by Death of Amir of Kuwait, Praises Wise Leadership, Modesty, Generosity

NEW YORK, 16 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued on 15 January by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Kuwait and grieves together with them.  

Designated Prime Minister in 1965 and Crown Prince in 1966, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad became the ruler of Kuwait in December 1977.  He has served his country and people with distinction, guiding Kuwait towards modernization and prosperity.  Under his wise leadership, Kuwait has achieved a high international standing, made progress towards more political freedom, women's rights and social justice. The Amir has been at the forefront of maintaining the unity and stability of the country. During the most difficult times he won praise and gratitude for tirelessly working for the restoration of Kuwait's sovereignty and independence.  Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad has been a father figure to Kuwaitis and will be remembered for his wisdom, modesty, generosity and kind attitude. 

The Secretary-General wishes every success to Sheikh Saad Al-Abdulla Al-Salem Al-Sabah as he assumes the duties of the Amir.

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