The Iraqi presidencies, party leaders and political figures mourned the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91, unanimously agreed on his humanitarian stances and recalled his positive role in the resumption of relations between the two countries after a long break that followed the invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990.
Iraqi President Barham Salih said – in a blog post on Twitter – that Sheikh Sabah was the big brother and leader keen on the peoples of the region, and we knew him for his humanity and his keenness on strong Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations, and he worked tirelessly to collect the word and leave the dispute, until he became an example of peace and goodness.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi affirmed that the late Emir “contributed to strengthening the march of the new Iraq, emerging from the yoke of dictatorship, just as he stood with him while facing terrorism and winning his land and existence,” while Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi described the late prince as “the head of the wisdom of the Arabs.”
For his part, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, offered his condolences to the Kuwaiti people on the departure of Al-Sabah, and expressed his hope that “peace will prevail in Kuwait under its government and its new emir,” which is the same position issued by the head of the Iraqi coalition, Ammar al-Hakim, and heads of blocs and prominent political figures.
Reconcile after a rupture
Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations resumed with the appointment of Kuwait as its first ambassador to Baghdad in July 2008, following a rupture that lasted nearly two decades following its invasion of the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 1990.
The Secretary-General of the People’s Reform Party, Faiq Sheikh Ali, says that the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, despite the fact that it severed all relations between the two countries, and the years that followed fraught with tension, has worked to restore relations with Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime and turned the whole page of the past, in order to preserve The two countries and the love of the two peoples.
Sheikh Ali added – in an interview with Al-Jazeera Net – that “the late prince loved the Iraqis, and worked in various ways and by all means to restore relations between the two countries. Even in the years that witnessed an Arab and international sports boycott of Iraq, the prince supported Iraqi sports a lot.”
He added that the late Emir released 32 Iraqi prisoners who were in Kuwait in 2003, and I submitted a request to him as a man of law at the time, and he promised me well and smiled, and at a later time he began releasing them in succession, and he also provided enormous humanitarian aid to Iraq.
In turn, Riyadh Al-Masoudi, a member of the House of Representatives from the Saeron coalition led by the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, shows that the late Emir of Kuwait, since assuming the reins of power in Kuwait, has worked to open channels of communication with prominent religious, political and tribal figures in the country, despite the presence of a number of tense files. Such as the demarcation of borders and other files related to the fishing movement and the Mubarak Port project.
Al-Masoudi added to Al-Jazeera Net that the messages of sadness and condolence that came from the official authorities and prominent Iraqi figures give positive indications towards the need for the return of the Iraqi-Kuwaiti relationship in a serious manner, in a way that contributes to the stability of the region.
Sheikh Al-Sabah contributed to patching up the rift in several crises in the region over the years, which enriched his personal experience and made him a mediator acceptable to all parties.
The leader of the Salvation and Development Front, the former governor of Nineveh, Atheel al-Nujaifi, points out that the late Emir was the object of respect and appreciation of the Iraqi Sunni and Shiite leaderships, and thanks to him, Kuwait was able, after the US invasion, to build a balanced relationship between the Shiite and Sunni leaderships, not biased towards one party without the other, unlike a number of countries The other Arab.
Al-Nujaifi added to Al-Jazeera Net, “We feel the great loss of the departure of the morning, as the wise prince was able to overcome the most dangerous stages that his country went through with Iraq after the invasion, and history will remember that.”
The late Emir visited Iraq in the middle of last year, 2019, in a visit described as historic, during which he held talks with the country’s leaders, dealing with the crisis between Iran and the United States, and before that he visited Baghdad to attend the Arab summit meetings in March 2012.
Barakat Ali Hammoudi, a political analyst, confirms that the late Emir contributed greatly to the success of the Arab summit held in Baghdad, and he was one of the few Arab leaders who attended it.
Speaking to Al-Jazeera Net, Hammoudi referred to the efforts made by the late Emir to establish a donor conference for the reconstruction of liberated areas in Iraq in 2018, after declaring victory over ISIS.