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.
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.
On behalf of @MRM_Office I offer sincere condolences to the government and people of Kuwait on the passing of Emir Sabah al-Ahmed el-Sabah. His Highness was an exceptional friend of Maldives. May Allah bless his soul and grant him Paradise! @MOFAKuwait @presidencymv— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) September 29, 2020
إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ— Faisal Naseem (@FaisalNasym) September 29, 2020
A thought of comfort and condolences to the family and friends of Kuwait’s Emir HH Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah and the people of Kuwait. May Allah grant him Jannatul-Firdaus. Today we moan the loss of a great leader.
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.