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Kuwait’s Ambassador to the United States Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah headed the Kuwaiti delegation at the funeral services for General Schwarzkopf.
Kuwait envoy to US lauds Schwarzkopf

 WEST POINT, New York, March 1, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Ambassador to the United States Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah headed, Thursday afternoon, funeral service for General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the former commander of the US Central Command (USCENTCOM), who played a paramount role in liberation of the State of Kuwait from the blatant Iraqi occupation in 1991.

Sheikh Salem was accompanied by the Kuwaiti Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Abdul-Rahman Al-Othman, the assistant chief of staff in the operations and planning command, Major General Abdul-Razzag Mohammad Al-Awadhi, the military attache, Rear Admiral Marzoug Hassan Al-Bader, and the assistant military attache, Commander Dr. Bashar Abdul-Hussein Abdul-Reda.

America today bade farewell to one of the most prominent commanders and heroes of the liberation of Kuwait, said Sheikh Salem in a statement to KUNA, adding that he was honored to convey condolences of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti leadership to the family of the Gen Schwarzkopf.

Eulogizing the deceased military commander, Sheikh Salem said Gen Schwarzkopf was a brilliant and extremely brave commander. His shrewdness was manifested in mapping out the plans for the liberation of Kuwait. “His courage was sensed in the execution of the plan of liberation in a short time that did not exceed four days, with minimum losses in souls and properties at the civil and military levels,” the veteran Kuwaiti ambassador noted.

“We are indebted to General Schwarzkopf for what he had accomplished 22 years ago, the liberation of dear Kuwait,” Sheikh Salem said, affirming Kuwait’s gratitude to the great commander, also noting that his eulogy ceremony came only two days after the 22nd anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait.
“The Kuwaiti people will always maintain gratitude to General Schwarzkopf. His demise resulted in mixture of sentiments, simultaneous sadness for his passing and joy for the liberation anniversary,” Sheikh Salem said, adding that he met the family of the general, for the first time, assuring them that Kuwait “will never forget what he had done for the service of our dear homeland.”

For his part, Lt-Gen Al-Othman said Gen Schwarzkopf “would live forever in the hearts and minds of all Kuwaitis, young and adults,” expressing deep condolences and sympathies to the general’s family and the American people on his recent demise.

The service, held at the military academy in West Point, New York, was attended by a large number of senior and eminent officials, figures and dignitaries, namely the former US vice-president, Dick Cheney, and the former secretary of state and retired general, Colin Powell. The latter addressed the mourners about life of the deceased general, since joining the academy till his burial on its soil, beside grave of his late father.

Cindy, Gen Schwarzkopf’s daughter, recalled him as a caring father and a man of sense of humor. Also in honoring of his soul, a 21-gun salute was carried out by an attending military band.

Gen Schwarzkopf passed away on Dec 27, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. He was 78.

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