HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah met two Iraqis, who received cost-covered treatment from Kuwait for severe injuries and burns, at Sief Palace on Tuesday.
The two Iraqis, Ali Abbas and Ahmad Hamza, were accompanied by the Iraqi Ambassador to Kuwait Mohammad Hussein Bahr Aloloum, who expressed delight at meeting the Amir, commending the Kuwaiti leader for his "historic" humanitarian gesture directed at the two victims.
"The Iraqi people have suffered from these crimes, which have travelled to our dear neighbors, Kuwait. We will remember them with pain, and they will be a lesson for the future that societies should live in peace and have good relations," he said.
He also described the initiative as a bridge and a symbol for warm relations between both countries.
Later, the two victims spoke of their ordeals, and how valuable the treatment was to them.
"My state of health was critical and people around me didn't expect me to live. When I came to Kuwait they were very gracious with me and the doctors did an excellent job. We thank HH the Amir for the support and treatment he has given us. Iraqis and Kuwaitis are brothers and we will always be this way," Abbas said.
Hamza said, "I thank HH the Amir for providing the costs for my treatment in Britain. I had given up on my condition but am now treated. I can move my artificial leg and this has improved my condition." Abbas and Hamza sustained the injuries during the Iraq War in 2003.
The encounter was held in the attendance of Kuwait's Minister of Health Ali Al-Obaidi and Deputy Minister for Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Al-Sabah.