Middle East

Emir of Kuwait recovers from health setback


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

The Emir of Kuwait, 90-year-old Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah, has recovered from his recent health setback according to the state news agency KUNA in Kuwait.

They reported that he is “in a good condition now.”

KUNA cited Kuwait’s acting Emir, Diwan Minister Mohammad Dhaifallah Sharar for the information that said Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad underwent a health checkup and received good results.

No other details were given.

The 90-year-old became the 5th Emir and 15th Ruler of Kuwait in 2006 after being confirmed by the National Assembly. He had previously served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2006. Before that, he was one of the longest-serving Foreign Minister in the world, serving from 1963-2003; during this time, he was responsible for the restoration of Kuwait’s international relations after the Gulf War.

He is an honorary member of the Order of the Bath and was bestowed the honour by Her Majesty The Queen in 2012.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah was born in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on 16 June 1929 to the tenth ruler of Kuwait, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Munira Othman Hamad Al-Ayyar.

The Emir’s younger brother, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, is the heir to the throne and at 82, the oldest crown prince in the world.



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