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Amir leaves for New York Amir exchanges national holidays greetings with senior state officials

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 24, (KUNA): His Highnes the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah left on Monday for New York for conducting routine medical checkups. His Highness the Amir was accompanied by Deputy Chief of the National Guards Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah. He was seen off at the airport by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al- Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. (KUNA)

In related news, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received on Monday congratulatory cables on the 53rd anniversary of the National Day and the 23rd anniversary of the Liberation Day as well as the eighth anniversary of His Highness the Amir’s assumption to power. The cables were sent by His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, President of the National Guard His Highness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah, Deputy President of the National Guard Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

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The high officials expressed feelings of loyalty and belonging to the homeland, asking Almighty Allah to bestow his blessing and care on His Highness the Amir and more prosperity for Kuwait. In turn, His Highness the Amir exchanged with them the same sentiments on these dear national occasions, asking Allah to bestow his blessing on the Kuwaiti martyrs who had sacrificed their souls in service for the homeland. His Highness the Amir also received congratulatory cables from leaders of Arab and friendly nations on the same occasions. In turn, His Highness the Amir thanked them for their sincere emotions, wishing all the best and more prosperity for the bilateral ties between Kuwait and their countries. Kuwaitis continue celebrating the country’s 53rd independence anniversary and its 23rd liberation anniversary as well as the eighth year of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah’s proclamation as the State Amir. Public locations, squares, streets, state buildings have been adorned with the National Flag, while the citizens have attended and taken part in carnivals and ceremonies in the state various governorates. A major military parade was held at the location of the old airport, located near Darwazah Al-Shaab. Old Kuwait was surrounded by a fence with several darwazahs (doorways). Some of the these old wooden gates have been preserved till now.

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The parade, involving units from the armed forces and the police, was organized to bring to live the memorable key address by the late Amir, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s 11th ruler, at a ceremony held at the same site on June 19, 1962, where His Highness marked the first anniversary of the National Day, and vowed to secure prosperity and justice for the citizens. Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem, who ruled between 1950 and 1965, also pledged to coordinate closely with Arab states and adopt an international nonaligned policy as well as abide by UN human rights conventions. Kuwait won its independence during Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem’s era, on June 19, 1961. A British-Kuwaiti protection accord dating back to Jan 23, 1899, was repealed, thus Kuwait proclaimed its full independence. Since 1963, the Kuwaitis have chosen Feb 25 to mark Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem’s assumption to power, as the day to celebrate the National Independence or the National Day, in addition to the 26th of the same month to celebrate the liberation from the Iraqi occupation in 1991.

The natives recall on these occasions struggle of the ancestors and their success in overcoming diverse hardships in the pre-oil times. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in a statement on Jan 29, 2008, lauded the Kuwaitis for following steps of the ancestors in staying united and sincerely struggling for service of the homeland. Meanwhile, GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani has addressed congratulations to Kuwait’s top leaders on the occasion of its national days, currently celebrated by the GCC member state. Al-Zayani addressed the greetings to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti Government and people, on the occasion of the 53rd National Day anniversary and the 23rd day marking the State of Kuwait liberation. “This dear occasion brings to life glories and accomplishments of the aspiring Kuwaiti people and their sagacious leaders,” he said, in part. The Kuwaiti process of progress and development is a pioneering example that should be followed, he said in his address to Kuwait.

He expressed deep gratitude to Kuwait for boosting the joint GCC march. Elsewhere, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Qatar Met’eb Saleh Al-Mutawtah has praised the initiative undertaken by the Arab Postal Stamps Museum, organizing an exhibition that displays history of Kuwaiti stamps. Speaking late on Sunday at inauguration of the exhibition, held on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of Kuwait’s National Day, the ambassador said the exhibition was part of diverse activities organized by the embassy to mark the national and liberation days of Kuwait. The exhibition, held in Katara, Qatar’s “cultural village,” showcases Kuwait’s history in general and some of the historic events. Khaled Thiab, the head of the Arab museum, said the fair would be held for 10 days.

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