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Twelve glorious years of His Highness the Amir’s reign
January 27, 2018, 3:55 pm

Monday, 29 January, marks the 12th anniversary of the ascension of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the Amir of the State of Kuwait. As people from all walks of life in Kuwait and elsewhere join in celebrating this joyous occasion, we take a look at His Highness the Amir’s sagacious and benevolent leadership in chartering the course of Kuwait and its people over the years.

On 29 January 2006, the National Assembly unanimously proclaimed His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the 15th Amir of the State of Kuwait. Before that he served as the country’s Prime Minister from 2003, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1978, and as the world’s longest serving Foreign Minister from 1963.

In his first address to the nation, following his proclamation as Amir, His Highness said: “Today, I promise you I will fulfill the trust you have placed in me, and lead our country forwards as my predecessors have done before me with wisdom and foresight… He went on to say, “We all want a land that is successful, where loyalty and honesty prevail, where the good of the country is put before individual needs, where self-interest is replaced by common interest, where hard work flourishes and where law and order is respected.

Speaking at the opening of the Second Session of the 11th Legislative Chapter of Parliament, His Highness exhorted legislators to cooperate with the executive for the good of the country. He stated: “One of the most important bases of parliamentary procedures is the strict observance of the principles outlined by the constitution the most important of which is the principle of separation of authorities, coupled with their cooperation. He added, “The cooperation that we seek is the cooperation based on democratic dialogue, constructive criticism, well intentions, true utterance, and work to attain the best opinion, and the ideal objective for the good of this land now and in the future.”

He reminded legislators that: “Kuwait is our eternal homeland. The task of preserving its security, stability and prosperity is a historical mission our ancestors have fulfilled, and today, we are bearing this responsibility…” He added, “We are all aware of the greatness of the responsibility and the importance of protecting it through believing in the democratic system, discarding practices that lead to discrimination and disunity, disdaining partiality and fanaticism, abiding by wisdom and prevailing the public interest. These are all a well-fortified fence to the security and stability of this homeland.”

His Highness the Amir who is keen supporter of youth and their development has said: “…Our young people are the real wealth to our dear country. They always deserve a special care and attention because they are the base, hope and future of this country. We have to immunize them from the stray thoughts and the deviant behavior and work on their adherence to our religion.”

Calling for reforming educational curriculum to reflect contemporary learning modalities, His Highness said: “We have to invest in human and innovative promising powers of our youth, enhance their gifts and urge them for giving and participating in building the country. This shall not be realized but through the assessment and development of our educational entities and their curricula, and updating our educational system to be up to the contemporary requirements. Building the future of our country should be accompanied by the process of building and qualifying the Kuwaiti national. Our students should utilize their gifts and devote their powers and times for academic achievement, studying contemporary sciences, and not to give attention to any calls that might keep them from their academic achievement…"

Acclaimed across the world as a doyen of international diplomacy, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, has continued to be an inspiration for the country’s diplomats. In his keynote address at the Seventh Conference of Heads of Kuwait Diplomatic Missions on in March 2013, he urged envoys to promote the country’s shining image on the international stage. He asked them to convey and reinforce “the country’s partnership with the international community to promote peace among nations, as well as partnerships with brotherly and friendly countries for the building and development of societies”.

His Highness the Amir also pointed out that since its independence Kuwait has been a responsible member of the international community, contributing greatly to the service of humanity by actively participating and benevolently contributing to the various international bodies. He cited Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development’s (KFAED) loans and grants as well as the Kuwait’s donations to other international funds as clear examples of Kuwait’s effective role in financing development projects in the four corners of the globe.

His Highness the Amir has often highlighted the importance of unity among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, as well as among Arab and Islamic countries. Pointing out that the international situations in general and situations in our Arab world and the Gulf region in particular are going through extremely complicated developments, he said, “It requires us to be strong so that we won't be drifted by it, and flexible so that it won't surpass us.”

He also emphasized that the rapid developments in the region and the challenges faced today leaves no room for doubt about the indispensability of joint Gulf action, and that more work needs to be done to bolster and expand to cover all domains. Spearheading current discussions, to heal the ongoing rift between Qatar and its neighboring GCC states, His Highness has called upon GCC leaders to exert restrain and work towards an amicable settlement of all issues.

His Highness has also won appreciation from around the world for his leadership in global humanitarian efforts. Kuwait’s supportive role of humanitarian and developmental work has also contributed in bolstering its status in the international community. In September 2014, the then United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, paid tribute to His Highness the Amir for his leading support to humanitarian causes around the world. “We thank the Amir and the people of Kuwait for their outstanding generosity towards people in need,” said the Secretary-General.

“In the past two years, Kuwait has donated hundreds of millions of dollars for humanitarian operations — not only in the Middle East, but in Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan. Kuwait’s leadership and funding has saved lives, and has galvanized others to participate in coordinated humanitarian action,” said the UN Chief. He then presented His Highness with a Certificate of Appreciation recognizing the Amir’s role as a leader and supporter of the United Nations humanitarian work and named Kuwait as an ‘International Humanitarian Center’.

His Highness the Amir, addressing the nation days after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon honored him at the UN Headquarters said, "The honoring from the highest international authority, which represents countries of the world, reflects the high appreciation of this organization and the international community for the State of Kuwait and its people."

His Highness the Amir said the State of Kuwait has always played a "noble and active" role in relief and humanitarian acts and that “charity and helping the others were deep-rooted among the Kuwaiti people and has grown over time. "





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