Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck of Bhutan was sent to Kuwait on behalf of his older half-brother, King Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, to convey the condolences of the King, Royal Family and Bhutanese people on the death of the late Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah died at the age of 91 on 29 September in a hospital in the United States where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.
Prince Jigyel Ugyen was received at the airport by Minister of Amiri Diwan, Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, before heading to Seif Palace. The Prince was accompanied by Bhutanese government officials and the Foreign Minister.
He later met with Kuwait’s new Emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the palace. He expressed the condolences of the King, the King Emeritus, the Royal Family and Bhutanese people. The Prince also “expressed the solidarity of the people of Bhutan with the people of Kuwait as they mourn the loss of the Late Emir, who was a true friend of Bhutan,” the Royal Office for Media said in a press release.
Letters were also delivered from the King and King Emeritus on the passing of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the ascension to the throne of Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to both the Emir and Crown Prince who Prince Jigyel Ugyen called upon later in the day.
The Prince also held meetings to express condolences with Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait; Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the former Prime Minister of Kuwait; and Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait.
The former Prime Minister then hosted a lunch for the Prince and the Bhutanese delegation at Shuwaikh Palace, and in the evening, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait held a dinner in their honour at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
His Royal Highness concludes his visit to Kuwait today.