His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah’s Speech
at the opening ceremony of the fifth conference of
the Heads of Diplomatic Missions on
10th April, 2006.
In the Name Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful.
This session of your meeting comes just a short while after losing our beloved Amir, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al- Jaber Al- Sabah, may his soul rest in peace.
He was a great man and a great leader. His many achievements allowed Kuwait to prosper locally, regionally and internationally and under his guidance, our country became a centre for freedom and democracy, a source of goodness and charity and a place where peace and security blossomed.
Our country’s success is due to our late Amir’s farsighted policies, his intelligent diplomacy and his inexorable efforts to build a Kuwait for the future.
His demise was a great loss to both Arabic and Islamic nations, and to all our many allies. We pray to Allah that his soul may rest in peace.
We also pray for the good health of the Amir H.H Sheikh Saad Al- Abdullah Al- Salem Al-Sabah. We pray that he may be blessed with a long life so that can remain a father-figure to the Kuwaiti people. We remember and praise His Highness’ generosity towards his country and also his numerous achievements and accomplishments.
It gives me great pleasure to participate in this, your fifth convention. Senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs used to organize events such as this many years ago to explore and assess the nature of our diplomatic relations with other countries and also to promote diplomatic ties with other nations.
This gathering is a great opportunity to exchange views with senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to establish dialogues and to discuss matters related to diplomatic and consular work which will benefit Kuwait and its interests abroad.
This conference will enable Kuwait’s diplomatic policy to adjust to new developments occurring in the wider world and will ensure that Kuwait continues its active political role at the regional and international levels.
Our country is not exempt from change, nor is it isolated from events and changes occurring in the world.
We realise that changes impact on our political, economic and social life. It is perhaps a good omen that this conference is held after such a dramatic turning point in our history – namely the granting of full political rights to Kuwaiti women, fulfilling the wish of our late Amir who always wanted the role women play in the life of this country to be recognized.
Recently, women stood in the municipal elections and won important positions. This is a matter of considerable pride because by running for and voting in elections, women are enriching the democratic process of our country.
Positive regional and international developments are providing us with valuable opportunities to rebuild our economy and to encourage the progression of our society so that we can keep up with the demands of a new era. In order to achieve this, we need to make Kuwait a regional centre for commerce and finance.
The aim of this strategy is to diversify our economy as we can no longer be dependent solely on oil for our revenues. We need to utilize the creative energy of our young people, to create new job opportunities and to ensure that our country embarks upon a long term sustainable and prosperous economic path.