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World Kuwait: after the death of the emir, what about the emirate's regional policy?

01:05  30 september  2020
01:05  30 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Earlier in the day, unconfirmed reports suggested that 91-year-old Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah had died.

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The Emir of Kuwait Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah died on September 29 at the age of 91. He had reigned since 2006 but had previously been Kuwait's foreign minister for decades, notably during the time of Saddam Hussein's invasion of the emirate by Iraq in 1990. Emir Nawaf's half-brother al-Ahmad al-Sabah will succeed him. But beyond this succession arises the question of the positioning of Kuwait in a region in full evolution.

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Having steered Kuwait ’ s foreign policy for more than 50 years, Sheikh Sabah’ s Regional leaders mourned the emir . “Today we lost a great brother and a wise leader … who spared no effort Leaders of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt also mourned Sheikh Sabah saying he was a great leader

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In recent years, Kuwait has stepped up its efforts to mediate the crises that have shaken its region. Mediation in Yemen, and since 2017 countless Kuwaiti diplomatic shuttles between Qatar and its neighbors in an unsuccessful attempt to heal the unprecedented fracture that arose within the Gulf Cooperation Council when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain ( supported by Egypt) brutally cut ties with Qatar.

After the death of the Emir arises the question of Kuwait's regional policy. Will he continue his mediation efforts? And will he stand on his firm line of refusing any normalization with Israel?

This succession to Kuwait comes at a time when the oil monarchies are in full upheaval: the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have just established diplomatic relations with the Hebrew state .

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The news of his death was announced today. UAE president His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, declared the period of mourning in honour of the Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad, who has To find out more about the cookies and data we use, please check out our Privacy Policy .

Kuwait ' s Emir , Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, has died at the age of 91, state media report. He had ruled the oil-rich Gulf Arab state since 2006 and had overseen its foreign policy for more than 50 The emir also often acted as a mediator in regional disputes, including the ongoing diplomatic

Led by the Saudi heir princes Mohammed ben Salman and Emirati Mohammed ben Zayed, the Gulf countries are intensifying their standoff with Iran, with which Kuwait has so far preferred to maintain a peaceful relationship.

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The end of an era

With our correspondent in Dubai, Nicolas Keraudren

His death, after several weeks of concerns about his state of health, marks the end of an era, as Bader al-Saif, assistant professor of history at the University of Kuwait, points out. “Emir Sheikh Sabah is one of the architects of modern Kuwait. He served the country as Minister of Foreign Affairs for over 40 years and he guaranteed the political system after the country's liberation from Iraq ”.

His succession should not however upset the diplomacy of the monarchy, according to Bader al-Saif: “Kuwait is not a country where a drastic change in foreign policy can be made because it is a monarchy. Constitution with a Parliament. In this sense, I think that the country will not evolve on its resolutely pro-Palestinian policy. It will be the "last country to normalize its relations with Israel". This moreover reflects the will of the population. "

On the other hand, the expert expects different changes at the domestic level:" I think there will be a change at the national level because the new emir was previously the Minister of the Interior as well as that of Defense before becoming the crown prince in 2006. It will also be a period of reconciliation ”.

In Kuwait, legislative elections are expected in November.

Kuwait swears in new emir after Sheikh Sabah’s death .
Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah sworn in to receive the body of his half-brother Sheikh Sabah, who died on Tuesday.The body of Sheikh Sabah, an acclaimed diplomat and mediator who ruled for 14 years, is expected to arrive in Kuwait City later on Wednesday. He died on Tuesday in Minnesota where he had been undergoing treatment in hospital since July.

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