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KUWAIT-AMERICA FOUNDATION HUMANITARIAN AWARD TO MELANIA

Trump acclaims Amir’s Mideast role – Trumps attend gala at Kuwaiti Embassy

US President Donald Trump and top Cabinet officials gathered at the Kuwait Embassy in Washington for an intimate evening of celebration in honor of First Lady Melania Trump’s humanitarian service.

WASHINGTON, Oct 21, (KUNA): US President Donald Trump lauded His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his infl uential role in the Middle East region.

In statements to the audience at a special ceremony held at the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington for honoring the US First Lady Melania Trump for her humanitarian services, the US President thanked His Highness the Amir of Kuwait “for all that he is doing in the region,” saying “there is a lot of things happening in the Middle East.” He recalled his meeting with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in September, saying “I met a man who is really helping us, really very strongly helping us in the Middle East.” The US president also thanked everyone for this special evening and thanked the Kuwait- America Foundation for honoring Melania Trump.

The dazzling gala dinner for UNHCR, hosted by Kuwait’s Ambassador to the US Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah honoring Melania Trump, the recipient of the Kuwait-America Foundation 2017 Humanitarian Award, comes less than a year since the Trumps’ moved into the White House, which highlights the close ties Kuwait and the US share.

President Trump described Kuwait’s Ambassador to Washington Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah “as very special people who have become friends.” During the evening, the Senate passed its fiscal year 2018 Budget Resolution, where Trump had received the news and told the crowd that the Ambassador and his wife “must be good luck.” “On behalf of my entire cabinet who are here tonight. We have a lot of them, I want to thank everybody in this room. We’ve all come together as a family very much. The world is actually coming together,” he remarked. Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah said in his speech that the deep commitment he shares with his wife Sheikha Rima for philanthropy is “who we are as Kuwaitis. It is woven into the fabric of the nation we represent.

“Our commitment is a reflection of our leader, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, whom in 2014 then-UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon honored for his exemplary leadership in humanitarian affairs. The Secretary General named his Highness a great humanitarian leader of our time,” he added. He affirmed “as has been the case for decades, Kuwait and the United States are working hard together, as friends and allies, to resolve disputes throughout the Middle East and to plan for a more secure and prosperous future for our peoples. “I always look forward to this event, in part because it’s a chance to do good, but also to celebrate the indispensable friendship between our nations,” Sheikh Salem remarked. For her part, the Ambassador’s wife, Rima Al-Sabah indicated that “this year alone,” over $1 million has been raised for UNHCR programs that empower women and girls. She said “that money will help refugee and displaced women receive social services, develop professional skills, find employment opportunities and obtain start-up grants.

“Together, we are changing lives, and this evening is an opportunity for the Kuwait-America Foundation to show our sincere gratitude to each of you for contributing to this critical work,” she added. As she introduced Melania Trump, the Kuwait-America Foundation 2017 Humanitarian Award recipient, Rima Al-Sabah shed light on the First Lady’s commitment, less than a year into her time in the White House, to “being a powerful force for good, not just in the United States, but everywhere.

“Because of her own path, she understands better than most what it is like to leave home behind. She knows what it takes to learn a new language, a new culture — to call a new land home. And she brings this understanding to the important work she does, day in and day out,” she remarked. As she accepted her award, First Lady Melania Trump said she is “honored to be here and receive this award,” thanking the Ambassador and his wife for hosting “this wonderful event.

“They are both exceptional examples of humanitarians who inspire us … for the benefit of others,” she remarked. She added that the measure of any society’s humanity “must be judged by how it treats the weakest and most vulnerable among them and quite often it is the children who are unable to defend themselves when under attack, speak up when abused or find aid when most needed. “Let us join together now to become their voice so they can be heard, to become their shield so they can find protection and to become their safe haven so they may find hope in the future,” she remarked.

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