World reacts to the death of Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf

The death of Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah

Many Gulf countries set aside a period of mourning for the emir’s death, while others express their condolences.

The death of Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah is being mourned by the countries in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

Sheikh Nawaf, who died at 86 earlier on Saturday, kept a low profile, with his three-year reign focused on trying to resolve the tiny, oil-rich nation’s internal political disputes.

He will be laid to rest on Sunday. Public offices in Kuwait will remain shut for three days and a state mourning of 40 days has been announced.

Following Sheikh Nawaf’s death, his half-brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Meshaal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, 83, was swiftly named the new emir.

Here are some reactions to the Kuwaiti leader’s death:


The Kingdom of Bahrain mourned the Kuwait emir’s death.

“We express our sincere condolences to our brothers, the honorable Al Sabah royal family, and the dear people of Kuwait,” Bahrain’s Royal Court said in a statement.

Flags will be lowered in the country for three days, starting Saturday, in respect for the emir’s passing.


Jordan’s King Abdullah bin Al Hussein shared a message of condolences on X, formerly Twitter, expressing sorrow for Sheikh Nawaf’s death.

“He was an Arab leader who devoted his life to serving his country, his people, and his nation. We knew him to be a man of chivalry, wisdom, and [one diligent about] strengthening Arab relations,” the king said about the emir.


The foreign ministry of Oman shared its condolences on the emir’s passing, saying the late leader is now in “God’s hands”.


Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani expressed sadness about the Kuwaiti leader’s passing.

He also announced a three-day period of mourning and ordered flags in the country be lowered to half-staff.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent their condolences to the people of Kuwait and announced a three-day period of mourning.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people share the sorrows of the brothers in Kuwait,” ​said a statement by the Saudi Royal Court.

United Arab Emirates

Emirati President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said on X that Sheikh Nawaf had been a wise leader, and a key instigator in strengthening Kuwait-UAE relations.


Yemen’s Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak from the country’s Saudi-backed government expressed his condolences on the emir’s passing.

He wished “Kuwaiti people patience and solace” in a statement on X.

United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in a statement on X that he was saddened to hear of the passing of the emir, describing him as a friend of the United Kingdom who would be remembered fondly.


Kosovo’s president also expressed her condolences on X.

“His leadership and lifelong dedication to his nation will be a lasting legacy,” Vjosa Osmani said, referring to the emir.

United Nations General Assembly

Dennis Francis, president of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, issued a statement on the emir’s death.

“Our heartfelt condolences to his family and to the Government and the people of the State of Kuwait,” Francis said on X.



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