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His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, hoisting the Kuwaiti flag at Bayan Palace to kick-start ceremonies to mark Kuwait National Days.
Kuwait to mark anniversary of Amir’s accession to rulership ‘Amir turned nation into global humanitarian, diplomatic center’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 28, (KUNA): Kuwait marks tomorrow (Wednesday) the eighth anniversary of the accession of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the rulership of the State of Kuwait. On Jan 26, 2006, the National Assembly held a special session where he was constitutionally sworn in for his new post. He began his political career on July 19, 1954 when he was appointed a member of the executive committee tasked with overhauling and streamlining all government departments and agencies at the time. A few years later, in February 1959, he became head of the government’s department for publications and social services, following which in 1962, he was appointed a member in the council in charge of drafting a constitution for the newly-independent state of Kuwait.

By 1962, all government departments had been changed to ministries and His Highness Sheikh Sabah was given the post of minister of news and guidance and in 1963 he became minister of foreign affairs. In December 1965, besides his post at the foreign ministry, he was also given the task to be acting minister of the ministry of oil and finance and on Feb 2, 1971 he was acting minister of the ministry of information and on Feb 16, 1978 he was acting minister of interior. By July 13, 2003 he was entrusted with the post of prime minister in a cabinet he formed. His Highness Sheikh Sabah held the post of foreign minister longer than anyone in the history of Kuwait, gaining through it extensive experiences which became useful in dealing with other nations’ policies and relations. He nurtured a well-deserved reputation for the ability to mediate and solve problems affecting other nations. In his long stint in the diplomatic corps, he was able to develop long-lasting relationships with numerous foreign dignitaries with beneficial reflections on Kuwaiti interests as evidenced in his wide contacts with world leaders during the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Duties
“Having been anything but an average official throughout his long career, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah always addressed his duties out of full realization of how precious the homeland is and how we need to serve and preserve it and safeguard its stability and security,” said the information minister, Tuesday. Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al- Sabah was speaking to KUNA as the state marks the eighth anniversary of the Amir’s taking the helm as the 15th Amir of the State of Kuwait on Jan 29. “His Highness Sheikh Sabah worked hard to build Kuwait into a modern state and served his nation and people with utmost wisdom, giving, commitment, self-sacrifice, prudence, and foresight. Such attitude also rendered His Highness a distinguished mediator and diplomat with a great role to play in realizing regional and international peace and security and bolstering stability. “His Highness’ gestures and initiatives in the fields of international cooperation and peace are well recognized and greatly admired by the international community. His Highness the Amir succeeded in bringing world leaders onboard on several unprecedented initiatives serving humanitarian goals, so often that Kuwait is now known as a world diplomacy center and that His Highness was fittingly called, “humanitarian leader” by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“His Highness the Amir had long been in the forefront on all issues of the Arab and Muslim Ummah. He shares Kuwaitis’ innate philanthropy and spontaneous support of and rally in the aid of those in need, wherever they may be,” the minister stressed. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is one of the most prominent and distinguished rulers of Kuwait, who fulfilled various political and national achievements, Director General and Chairman of Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaij Al-Ibrahim Al-Sabah said on Tuesday. KUNA chairman added today, on the occasion of celebrating anniversary of His Highness Sheikh Sabah’s proclamation as the Amir of the State on Jan 29, 2006, that His Highness the Amir’s remarkable contributions to the development and progress of Kuwait, side by side of the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, and His Highness the late Father Amir, Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, are highly admired and respected

Serve
His Highness the Amir exerted all possible efforts to serve his country since his youth, and worked very hard to turn Kuwait into a modern civilized country that would meet the aspirations of its people, and offer them a decent life in a country cherishing progress and prosperity. His Highness the Amir, while serving as the Minister of “Guidance and News, “ had offered great care to spreading awareness of the importance of education and was keen on the cultural and intellectual communication. His Highness the Amir had later served as the minister of foreign affairs, and put the foundations and basic pillars of the diplomatic work, based on mutual respect between Kuwait and all countries of the world, presenting Kuwait as a vital and effective member of the international community. The open door policy towards the world adopted by His Highness the Amir during the last 40 years reflected His Highness’ wisdom and statesmanship that contributed to building balanced relations with all nations throughout the globe. This policy served Kuwait the best during the Iraqi invasion in 1990, as most of the world countries rallied to form a military coalition to launch the liberation war, which ended the invasion in 1991. He hailed the great role His Highness the Amir is playing in enhancing solidarity among Arab states, and mediating in solving any conflicts between them, to achieve peace and progress to the people of the region.

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