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His Highness the Amir’s Address on National Days Praise for founders...Prayer for Homeland

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 25, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah addressed a statement to the citizens and residents of Kuwait on the 53rd anniversary of the National Day and the 23rd anniversary of the Liberation Day.

His Highness the Amir congratulated the nationals and residents on the these two dear national occasions, recalling founders of Kuwait who had conveyed the national responsibility to the next generations for pressing ahead with construction of the dear homeland and securing all potentials for progress and prosperity for the natives. His Highness Sheikh Sabah recalled the late great leaders, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Saad Al- Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, praying to their blessed souls and noting their patriotic role in resisting the blatant aggression.

He also underscored Their Highness’ great efforts, honorable accomplishments to “our dear homeland, which will remain ingrained in memories of all nationals and live forever in the history of our dear homeland.” Also on the national occasions, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad remembered with pride Kuwait’s martyrs, the POWs and the missing who had sacrificed their noble souls and pure blood in defense of soil of the precious homeland, beseeching His Almighty to bestow his mercy and forgiveness upon their souls and embrace them among the martyrs in his paradise.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad expressed greetings to the brotherly Arab states and friendly states for their honorable stand on side of the State of Kuwait and its people when the country was under the flagrant occupation. He also praised their support for Kuwait’s just causes, their effective contributions with their forces in the battle for liberation where blood of their citizens mingled with that of the natives of Kuwait till victory and liberation were achieved. His Highness the Amir called for expressing gratitude to His Almighty’s bounties, namely the bounty of liberation, liberating the dear homeland and restoring its pride, security and safety.

Such heavenly endowments must be met with gratification, obedience to His Almighty, sincere loyalty to the dear homeland and placing all resources at the disposal of developing Kuwait. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad expressed deep pleasure for the national celebrations, the citizens’ passionate sentiments, expressed by the citizens and residents of the dear land of Kuwait, lauding the effective participation in these activities by the state departments and the NGOs, thus contributing to their success. In conclusion, His Highness the Amir implored His Almighty so he may safeguard the dear homeland, grace it with ever-lasting security, safety, development and prosperity.

Meanwhile, Kuwaitis will be celebrat- ing Wednesday the 23rd anniversary in which Kuwait was liberated from the nearly seven months of Iraqi occupation. The invasion of Kuwait on Aug 2, 1990, was met by mass disapproval from the international community, a sentiment reflected in the UNSC 660 Resolution which condemned the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait and called for the immediate withdrawal of Iraqi troops.

The international community’s willingness to liberate Kuwait from the shackles of Iraqi occupation came in the form of troops from over 30 countries which helped in ridding Kuwait from the aggressors. Through efforts by the Kuwaiti leadership, led by then Amir and Crown Prince, Their Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Sheikh Saad Al- Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah respectively, as well as then Foreign Minister and current Amir His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the liberation of Kuwait was achieved. Moreover, the Kuwaitis’ affection and loyalty to the leadership of Kuwait played a strong role in bringing back the homeland to the Kuwaiti people.

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