The Philippine government on Wednesday joined the international community in mourning the passing of the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
“The Philippines is especially saddened with his demise as Kuwait is home to a quarter of a million Filipinos who have benefited as well as contributed to the enhancement of Philippines-Kuwait relations,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
The DFA noted that the 91-year-old ruler has seen the rise and development of Kuwait for more than half a century from the time he was Foreign Minister, then Prime Minister until he became Amir in 2006.
“Under the reign of Sheikh Sabah, Kuwait has become a force of moderation not just in the Gulf but in the entire Middle East,” the foreign affairs office added.
Called by many as the “Wise Man of the Region,” Al-Sabah died on Tuesday. He left behind decades of service to the oil-rich Gulf nation.