President: World has lost a great reformer, diplomat and peacemaker

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has conveyed his condolences on the passing of the ruler of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, on Tuesday, describing him as a great reformer, diplomat and peacemaker.

“Saddened at the passing of Kuwait’s Emir HH Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah. The world has lost a great reformer, diplomat and peacemaker,” said President Solih, in a tweet on Tuesday evening.

He extended his sympathies to Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah – who is expected to succeed his late half-brother Sheikh Sabah as the ruler of Kuwait – as well as the rest of the royal family and the people of Kuwait.

In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. (Fethi Belaid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

President Solh has proclaimed that the Maldivian national flag is to be flown at half-mast for three days in honor of the late Sheikh Sabah.

Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Vice President Faisal Naseem, too, have conveyed their condolences.

Sheikh Sabah had fallen ill in July 2020, leading to a quick hospitalization and surgery in Kuwait City. However, Kuwaiti authorities have not specified the cause of his illness.

Sheikh Sabah became Emir on January 29, 2006, after the then-Emir Sheikh Saad was removed from power by the Parliament over health concerns after a brief nine-day reign.

A longtime widower, Sheikh Sabah was 91 at the time of his death. He is survived by two sons.