Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah of Kuwait has died at the age of 91 years. The country’s state media announced his death on Tuesday. His 63-year-old half-brother and current Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad is expected to take over as the new emir. Sheikh Sabah traveled to the United States for treatment last July. This information has been revealed by the British media BBC report.
Sheikh Sab-al-Ahmad al-Sabah took over as emir in 2008 after overseeing the foreign policy of the oil-rich Arab state of Kuwait for nearly 50 years. Many call him Dean of Arab Diplomacy. He is best known for his role in re-establishing relations with countries that supported Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990–91.
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, has also acted as an arbitrator in settling various territorial disputes. It also demanded an end to the recent blockade imposed on Qatar by several Saudi-led countries. It has prevented Kuwait from interfering in the Syrian civil war. Instead of intervening, the emir of Kuwait has organized several donor conferences to provide humanitarian aid to the country.
Sheikh Sab-al-Ahmad al-Sabah came to power in 2006 following the resignation of the then emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah. Prior to that, he served as Prime Minister under former Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jabar al-Sabah. Prior to this he was the Foreign Minister of Kuwait from 1983 to 1991 and from 1992 to 2003.
Kuwait is the sixth largest oil producer in the world. Out of 41 lakh population of the country, 3.4 million are foreigners. The Sabah family has ruled the country for the last 260 years. Kuwait is an important ally of the United States in the Gulf region. The Amir has the power to make final decisions on the political affairs of the country. Aamir also has the power to dissolve the Parliament or call for elections.