The emir of the oil-rich mini-state of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, died on Tuesday at the age of 91. The palace reports that. He was known as an ally of the US.
There had been speculation about the emir’s health for months. Since last year, the man has been hospitalized several times. After hospitalization in Kuwait on July 18, the Head of State temporarily transferred some of his powers to Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
The sheik was then flown to the United States for medical treatment. For the time being it is not clear whether he died there or what he died of.
The Emir has ruled the oil-rich gulf state since 2006. He was seen as a conciliatory actor in a politically troubled region. Sheikh Sabah was an important ally of the United States and Saudi Arabia, but also had good ties with their rival Iran. He also tried to mediate in the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
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