Foreign diplomats, Kuwaiti dignitaries and local and international media have hailed and highlighted the recent UN naming of Kuwait as “a global humanitarian center” and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah “a humanitarian leader”. They note in their comments that His Highness the Amir has earned this honor for his humane stances and the tangible relief contributions that Kuwait under his leadership has made to other nations over the years.
His Highness the Amir - “worthy of honor”
– His Excellency Abdou Lahad Mbacke, Ambassador of Senegal and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Kuwait
Kuwait's massive humanitarian contributions to Senegal were one of the factors leading to the UN naming His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as a "humanitarian leader", said Senegal's Ambassador to Kuwait and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Abdou Lahad Mbacke.
Speaking to Kuwait News Agency, the diplomat said, “His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah is ‘worthy of an honor’." The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's decision to honor His Highness the Amir "is not a strange action," he added, as "Kuwait and His Highness the Amir are used to doing philanthropic work in all parts of the world."
â€¨Mbacke added that His Highness the Amir is widely known for his care and attention to the needy people all over the world, recalling His Highness' initiatives in easing the suffering of needy people in Africa.
â€¨The Senegalese Ambassador recalled the great role played by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) upon the instructions of His Highness the Amir, including the construction of schools, hospitals, medical centers, as well as roads and other needed humanitarian assistance.
â€¨Senegal is the biggest beneficiary of the projects carried out by KFAED in Sub-Saharan Africa, as the fund has so far executed some 26 projects worth approximately USD 320 million there.â€¨He said that he himself, along with the accredited ambassadors to Kuwait also hail the role played by His Highness the Amir in reconciliation efforts among Arab countries and at the international level, describing him as the "dean of international diplomacy".
â€¨The ambassador also said that His Highness the Amir gives his instructions to all state bodies to facilitate the measures and procedures for the diplomatic missions in Kuwait, describing this as "highly appreciated".
â€¨Mbacke added that all outgoing ambassadors recall the excellent generosity extended by the State of Kuwait to the accredited diplomats, who never forget the wise instructions and guidance of His Highness the Amir to them.
â€¨The diplomat said that His Highness the Amir's selection for this post has not come by chance or through mediation but through his humbleness, diplomatic ties and the way he treats his own people as well. He pointed out that Senegal has extended an official invitation for His Highness the Amir to visit Senegal to see for himself the love and affection the Senegalese people have for him.
HH the Amir of Kuwait - “pride for world”
– His Excellency Abdulkadir Amin Sheikh, Ambassador of Somalia and Dean of the Arab Diplomatic Corps in Kuwait
The UN's decision to name His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah a humanitarian leader "is a great honor for the world to have," said Somalia's Ambassador to Kuwait and Dean of Arab Diplomatic Corps, Abdulkadir Amin Sheikh.
The ambassador said, "It is an honor for the Arab and Islamic worlds that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah be chosen a 'humanitarian leader' by the UN for his great efforts in the philanthropic domain."
Pointing out that His Highness the Amir has been known for many years for his assistance to needy people around the world, chiefly towards his own country, Somalia, the ambassador recalled His Highness the Amir's initiative in 2012 to help the people of Somalia, who were suffering from famine at the time.
The diplomat added that the Kuwaiti convoys were the first ones to have reached the country as the security situation there was very hectic and dangerous. He praised "the courageous initiatives" of the Kuwaiti humanitarian aid convoys, which did not hesitate to extend a helping hand despite the worrying security situation, thanks to the wise directions of His Highness the Amir. Other convoys from the rest of the world started arriving after the situation had eased a bit.
â€¨Kuwait is a leading nation in its humanitarian efforts, and never hesitates to offer a helping hand to impoverished people around the world under His Highness the Amir's instructions. He added that His Highness the Amir's wise leadership and status and his appreciation by world leaders have all contributed to him being labeled 'dean of international diplomacy'.
â€¨Other factors that have contributed to His Highness the Amir being granted this high-ranking international attribution were due to his "balanced policy, based on non-interference in the internal affairs of others," he also affirmed. He recalled when world leaders had stood for His Highness' speech, thus, making his word heard.
â€¨He also recalled His Highness the Amir's initiative when he invited the African and Arab leaders to attend the previously-concluded 3rd Arab-Africa Summit in Kuwait, in which some 90 percent of African leaders and their representatives had attended, describing the attendance as "record breaking".
â€¨Sheikh spoke highly of His Highness the Amir's being granted an "honorary membership" of the African Union, thanks to his great role and efforts in narrowing the gap between Africa and the Arab world.
â€¨He expressed hope that a not too distant visit to Somalia by His Highness the Amir would materialize, particularly after the security situation calms down, recalling His Highness the Amir's past frequent private visits to Somalia. Sheikh said that the Somali people will always remember the huge contributions made by the State of Kuwait as directed by His Highness the Amir that included the construction of schools, hospitals, roads and the provision of humanitarian supplies for the Somali people.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq, Chairman of International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO), said philanthropic work, during His Highness the Amir’s era, has recorded “huge leaps for development and global spread. This is due to the Amir’s belief in such honorable humane messages and his role for saving lives, rescuing those in desperate need for help, namely the children and women, salvaging the poor from the swamps of illiteracy and diseases and building a future for the orphans,” Dr. Al-Maatouq said.
Under the directive of His Highness the Amir, the IICO organized two NGOs’ conferences as well as two international donations’ conferences for Syria, during which Kuwait granted some USD 800 million. Kuwait’s philanthropic activities, under the Amir’s guidance, have reached all corners of the world,
Dr Al-Maatouq said, alluding to Kuwait’s campaigns to relieve victims of earthquakes in Pakistan and Turkey and peoples who suffered from famine and drought in Somalia. His contributions also included establishment of the USD one billion Fund for supporting small and medium enterprises, during the Arab economic summit that was hosted by Kuwait in 2009, with aim of helping youth across the Arab world.
Hamad Al-Omar Al-Omar, the Deputy Director General for Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development, said His Highness the Amir’s directions, his humanitarian initiatives across the world, in addition to the Fund’s role, contributed to improving living conditions for many individuals, helped in creating job opportunities, limiting poverty and famine as well as boosting development objectives.
Kuwait’s hosting of many conferences, during which His Highness launched development initiatives, constitutes a clear indication of his distinguished role and his keenness on alleviating peoples’ humanitarian hardships, improving living standards and combating poverty, he said.
Al-Omar lauded HH the Amir’s countless initiatives, namely his proclamation of a program for funding development ventures in non-Arab Asian nations where he declared a contribution of US$300 million in this program.
Ibrahim Ahmad Al-Saleh, Director General of Al-Zakat House, said the UN’s praise embodies gratitude for the Amir’s non-stop and generous charitable and humanitarian giving at the local, regional and international levels.
He pointed out that His Highness has directed the House to be active at the local and international levels to care for the impoverished, thus at times it has transformed into “a distinguished philanthropic landmark that depicts the generous Kuwaiti hands at the international quarters.”
Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Muahailan, Chairman of the Direct Aid Society, said the UN gesture is a distinguished historic event and tantamount to an award for the Kuwaiti relief efforts. He noted Kuwait’s leading role and contributions within framework of UN agencies.