Sabah has been battling health problems in recent years and is widely respected for working to mediate conflicts in the region. When a political rift led to a Qatar embargo by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, Sabah attempted unsuccessfully to broker a resolution.
He has also led donor conferences for Syria which resulted in pledges of hundreds of millions of dollars.
“With sincere sadness, Kuwait, its people, the people of the Arab and Muslim world and the people of the world offer their condolences for the death of Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, may God forgive him” Royal Court Affairs Minister Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah told state TV.
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On August 6, the emir traveled to the United States for medical treatment after undergoing a surgery that his office described as successful. Officials did not disclose his condition.
Several countries and leaders paid tribute to Sabah following the news of his death.
“We just want to mention the achievements of His Highness the late Emir who dedicated his life to bringing peace and stability to the region,” the US embassy in Kuwait said in a tweet.
Jordan declared 40 days of mourning. “Today we have lost a big brother and a wise leader who loves Jordan,” tweeted the Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah. “(He) did not hesitate in his benevolent efforts to make every effort to unite the Arab ranks.”
A spokesman for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also released a statement praising the Kuwaiti head of state and calling him “a great leader”. Lebanese President Michel Aoun also hailed the emir as a “big brother of Lebanon and an example of chivalry, moderation and wisdom”.