Sabah has been fighting health problems in recent years and is widely respected for working to mediate disputes in the region. When Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt embarrassed Qatar for political rifts, Sabah attempted to broker a resolution but failed.
He also led a conference of donors in Syria, which promised hundreds of millions of dollars.
“With sincere grief, Kuwait and its people, the people of the Arab and Muslim worlds, and the people of the world express their condolences for the death of Emir Saba al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Saba. Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al- on state TV. Said the Secretary of the Royal Court Sabah.
Sabah was born in 1929 at the time the modern Kuwait state was formed and is a member of the national royal family. He served as foreign minister for 40 years, and later became prime minister before becoming sovereign of the state.
On August 6, Emir traveled to the United States for treatment after a successful operation in his office. Officials did not disclose his condition.
Several nations and leaders paid tribute to the news of Sabah’s death.
In a tweet, the US Embassy in Kuwait said, “We only want to mention the achievements of the late Majesty Emir’s dedication to bringing peace and stability to the region.
Jordan declared 40 days of mourning. “Today we have lost a great brother who loves Jordan and a wise leader,” tweeted King Abdullah, the Jordanian monarch. “(He) did not hesitate in his compassionate efforts to make every effort to unite the Arab class.”
A spokesman for Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a statement praising the Kuwaiti head of state and calling him “Great Leader.” Lebanese President Michelle Aun also praised Emir as “Lebanon’s great brother and model of chivalry, temperance and wisdom.”