Speech of H.H. the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber
Al-Sabah on the Occasion of the Last Ten Days of the Holy Month of Ramadan
On Sunday Corresponding to 18th of June 2017


In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate


Praise be to God who honored us with faith, and belief, and prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the best of apostles and of men, and his family and companions.

My brothers and sons,

Alsalam Alaikom Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

In a renewed meeting, full of affection and brotherhood, I meet with you to renew my congratulations on the holy month of Ramadan and to congratulate you for the last ten days thereof, thanking the Almighty that we have reached this holy month and we are grateful for fasting and resurrection, praying to Almighty to return this month to our dear homeland and our honorable people, and the residents of its good land with good and blessings, and for our Arab and Islamic nation with pride, and superior position.

Muslims in various parts of the world are waiting for the coming of the holy month of Ramadan, which the Almighty has honored over other months with great virtues and double reward. So, we should seize its days and nights by racing to do good deeds and recite Qur’an.

We have to sense what God has revealed to us from His grace and His great blessings which are countless. He has honored us with wellbeing and prosperity, and provided us with security, stability and tranquility, and spread among us familiarity, love and friendship. Such blessings require our thanks to the giver, and their preservation through adhering to the directions of our religion, unifying ourselves, putting away separation and differences and abiding by our national values that we inherited from our parents and grandparents, especially in light of the delicate conditions and critical situations that plague the region, and what the world is witnessing of the growing phenomenon of terrorism. It has spread throughout countries and societies under different names and extremist slogans, in an unprecedented phenomenon, thus threatening security and stability, and targeting the lives of innocent people. The State of Kuwait is aware of the danger of terrorism and its evil motives and stands united in solidarity with the international community in fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and working to dry its sources to eradicate this dangerous phenomenon. The above-mentioned fears and dangers require more caution, solidarity and cohesion to preserve the security and safety of our nation.

We look forward, with hope and anticipation, in this holy month, to overcome the recent developments in our Gulf home, to deal with them, to create the atmosphere for resolving the unfortunate differences and bridging the rift with dialogue and communication, in view of solid historical ties, and common interests that bring together the GCC states and their peoples. We must exert every possible effort to preserve this Gulf entity to remain cohesive and realize the hopes and aspirations of its peoples. We pray to the Almighty that the sincere efforts success in preserving our Gulf States and their peoples, and to avoid all that disturbs their strong relations and threaten their security and safety.

My brothers and sons,

The Kuwaiti diplomacy has achieved a remarkable success and achievement. The State of Kuwait recognizes the confidence of the international community in its election as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for 2018 and 2019 in recognition of the high prestige and respect it enjoys at the international and regional levels and the moderate and balanced policy adopted by the State of Kuwait as foreign policy, based on adherence to the Charter of the United Nations and international law, its recognized humanitarian role and its participation in international efforts to maintain international peace and security and to reduce tension in conflict areas.

I seize the opportunity to pay tribute to the distinguished role played by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to achieve this success, congratulating our honorable people on this historic achievement worthy of adding to the national achievements of our dear homeland.

My brothers and sons, 

We hope that we will see more fruitful and constructive cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities in order to direct efforts and energies to promote and develop the dear homeland, realize the economic and developmental aspirations of citizens and address all issues in the interests of the country and citizens.

We are pleased with the opening of many vital and developmental projects in our country, that have been implemented, which will contribute to improving the level of public services and provide the desired services to citizens and ease their burdens.

My brothers and sons, 

As we have said and emphasized over and over again, our youth are the true wealth of the homeland. They are its hope and its future, and they always get our attention. We must protect them from misguided ideas and deviant behaviors, and distance them from the tendency and drift behind those who prey on them and the homeland, and to work to instill the spirit of loyalty to the homeland in them, and urge them to arm themselves with work, Knowledge and science of the age. 
We should exploit their energies in the service and development of the nation. We believe in their creative abilities through which they achieved many accomplishments and obtained advanced positions in scientific, medical, and sports fields as well as inventions. It is enough for our youth as a pride that Kuwait has been chosen as the capital of Arab youth.

I invite you, my sons and daughters, to take advantage of the facilities and support provided by the government for small and medium-sized enterprises through the National Fund for the Care and Development of Small and Medium Enterprises by establishing projects that benefit you and your country.

My brothers and sons, 

We recall with all appreciation our late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and our late Amir Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, May God is pleased with them. 

We pray to the Almighty to grant them His mercy and forgiveness, and to reward them for their honorable deeds for our beloved homeland, to protect our country, and to maintain its security and prosperity, and to accept our martyrs who sacrificed their pure blood in defense of the dear homeland, to have mercy upon all our late ones, bless them with his forgiveness and satisfaction, to preserve the Muslim blood, and unify Muslims and guide them to the right path. 

Wa-alsalamu Alaikom Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,,, 


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