KUWAIT CITY, Oct 18, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of condolences Monday to the President of the USA Joe Biden, over the demise of former US secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, who passed away earlier today. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables. Colin Powell died Monday of Covid-19 complications. His family wrote in a statement that Powell, 84, who was vaccinated, “passed away this morning due to complications from Covid-19.” “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the statement added. Powell was the first African-American US Secretary of State serving under President George W. Bush and the first African-American chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush.
During his time as the 12th chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell oversaw the Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Former President George W. said in a statement, he was “deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell. He was a great public servant.” “Many presidents relied on General Powell’s counsel and experience. He was National Security Adviser under President Reagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under my father and President Clinton, and Secretary of State during my Administration. He was such a favorite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad,” he added As President George W. Bush’s first secretary of state, Powell led a State Department that was dubious of the military and intelligence communities’ conviction that Saddam Hussein possessed or was developing weapons of mass destruction. And yet, despite his reservations, he presented the administration’s case that Saddam indeed posed a major regional and global threat in a speech to the UN Security Council in the run-up to the war. That speech, replete with his display of a vial of what he said could have been a biological weapon, was later derided as a low-point in Powell’s career, although he had removed some elements that he deemed to have been based on poor intelligence assessments.