Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden was in Kuwait this weekend as part of her role as chairperson of the Mentor Foundation International, which she established in 1994 with the assistance of the World Health Organisation.
She arrived in the Middle Eastern country on Friday to attend a graduation ceremony for guides against narcotics from Ghiras National Awareness Project Against Drugs. She attended alongside Kuwait’s Information Minister and Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Sheik Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah.
Queen Silvia told the Kuwait News Agency, “Drugs are no local or even regional problem, but an international one that worries the entire world.” She further mentioned that this is a global worry that has become such a huge problem due to the ease of purchasing the narcotics under various names at low prices.
She went on to praise the work of Mentor Arabia in Kuwait and the other Arab nations for their work and achievements in the anti-drug efforts. Mentor Arabia, a regional non-governmental foundation, works to prevent Arab children and young people from falling into a life of drugs.
Her Majesty also stressed “the prior importance of targeting people at early age with anti-drug campaigns, as parents are too busy at work to provide dignified living conditions for their children,” according to the Arab Times.
Saturday evening, a banquet was held by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Mentor Arabia, where Silvia gave a speech to the assembled guests. She repeated that the Mentor Foundation International would continue to tackle the drug problem facing the world’s youth, as well as other problematic issues. During the banquet, a documentary about Mentor Arabia was also shown to the attendees.
On Sunday, Her Majesty was received by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the Bayan Palace.