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Amir, state officials pay tribute to former Saudi FM – ‘Architect of the Saudi foreign strategy’

local1KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of condolences late on Thursday to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia over the passing by of former foreign minister Saud Bin Faisal Al-Saud.

In the cable, His Highness the Amir said that the Kingdom has lost one of its devoted statesmen, who had a life filled with achievements, during which he excelled in fulfilling his duties as top diplomat and best represent his country's foreign policy. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables.

Meanwhile, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah expressed deepest condolences over the passing of the former Saudi foreign minister. "We reminisce; with pride, honorable and courageous stances of the deceased during the Iraqi invasion to Kuwait in 1990-1991," Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled told KUNA. "We also hold high what the deceased had offered to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (foreign minister at the time) during that period," Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled added. Arab and international diplomacy has lost one of its pillars and most brilliant leaders throughout the last four decades.

Foreign Ministry's Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah meanwhile said that with the loss of the former Saudi foreign minister, the Arab and Muslim nations have lost a great man who devoted his life for their service. Jarallah praised the deceased for he was an example for manners and devotion in state services. He was a distinguished diplomat who earned admiration of the Arabs and the whole world, he stated. He noted Prince Al-Faisal's support for Kuwaiti in face of the 1990 Iraqi aggression on the country.

In the meantime, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Homoud Al-Sabah mourned the demise of the 'architect of the Saudi foreign strategy' Prince Saud Al-Faisal. In remarks to KUNA, Sheikh Salman Al-Homoud expressed deep distress for losing the architect of the Saudi foreign policy, noting his stances on side of Kuwait against the 1990 Iraqi aggression. The minister also noted that Prince Saud Al-Faisal had worked closely with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah during his service in the foreign affairs' sector.

Chairman and General Director of Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaij Al-Ibrahim Al-Sabah also eulogized the late former foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, who he credited for leading the Kingdom's foreign policy since 1975. "He was one of the most prominent stallions of Arab and Islamic diplomacy," he said.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal had served in the foreign affairs ministry at times the region was witnessing hard conditions related to the cold war, the Palestinian issue, the Iraq-Iranian war, the Iraqi aggression on Kuwait and the war on terrorism, he stated. The deceased had played a major role in preparing for liberation of Kuwait from the Iraqi occupation in 1991, he added.

Great loss
Top Kuwaiti lawmakers mourned meanwhile the death of former Prince Saud Al-Faisal. In separate press releases, Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanem and deputy parliament speaker Mubarak Al-Khurainej offered their condolences to the Saudi government and people, affirming that the passing of Prince Saud Al-Faisal was a great loss for the Arab and Muslim worlds.

Both officials reflected the Kuwaiti people's gratitude towards the late Saudi official's actions and efforts during the invasion and subsequent liberation of Kuwait, affirming that Prince Saud Al-Faisal's legacy, on the regional and international scales, will continue to live on.

Also yesterday, the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) chief Mohammad Al-Awash mourned the death of Prince Saud Al-Faisal, saying that his death is a big loss for the Arab and world diplomacy. He added that Al-Faisal was a noble and a brave man who spent his lifetime serving the Arab and Muslim nations as well as defending their causes on the regional and international scenes since he took over as a foreign minister in 1975 until he was relieved from the post upon his request earlier this year.

The deceased had worked hard so as to meet the aspirations of his country and the Arabs over four decades, he said. He was not only influential in the foreign policy of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), but on the Arab and international scenes as well.

The late prince was one of the policymakers of the GCC economic, security and political policies, setting the rules of the GCC joint action. This has developed the bloc into a key regional player on the international arena, said Al-Awash, who is also Undersecretary for Media Planning and Cognitive Development in Kuwait's Ministry of Information.

Al-Faisal set the principles of a school of diplomacy through which he dealt professionally and efficiently with all political, security and economic challenges at the Arab, Muslim and Gulf levels, he said. Awash offered, on behalf of ASBU member states, heart-felt condolences to Saudi King, government and people as well as the family of the deceased Prince Saud Al-Faisal passed away in the US city of Los Angeles where he was undergoing medical treatment. He was 75. - KUNA

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This article was published on 10/07/2015