Leaders across the Arab world mourned on Tuesday the passing of Emir of Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan mourned the death of his “brother,” declaring three days of mourning in the country, starting Tuesday.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the world lost a “man of wisdom, tolerance and peace. His historic stances in service of his nation, ummah and humanity will live on for generations to come.”
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said Sheikh Sabah leaves behind a career of “giving and accomplishments in service of his people, nation and Arab and Islamic worlds.”
Bahrain declared three days of mourning.
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi offered his condolences to the people of Kuwait, saying the Arab and Islamic nation lost a “leader of the highest orders.”
Yemen's Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Hadhrami offered his "sincere, heartfelt, condolences to our brothers in Kuwait" on Twitter.
Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Dr. Nayef al-Hajraf expressed his sorrow over Sheikh Sabah’s passing, saying he played “great roles” in the GCC and was dedicated to championing its causes.
“With his death, the world lost an emir of humanity and pioneer in development, who always sought goodness and peace and cooperation and solidarity among people of the world,” he stressed.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen condoled Kuwait over its loss, saying Sheikh Sabah was one of the Kuwaiti leaders who worked on achieving its prosperity and stability.
“His wisdom and ability to give and persevere helped develop the country and consolidate its national unity,” he added.
“His was the voice of wisdom and moderation,” Al-Othaimeen continued, saying that he enjoyed high standing among world leaders and his political and humanitarian stances attest to that.
Sheikh Sabah passed away on Tuesday. The emir had been in hospital in the United States since July following surgery for an unspecified condition in Kuwait that same month.
The Kuwait cabinet declared that he will be succeeded by Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah.