His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad is well known for his considerable experience in the field of foreign policy and diplomacy.
For around forty years, His Highness's name and image have been inextricably linked to that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Although he has occupied a number of other positions, it is for his work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that he is most renowned for.
Many diplomats who were contemporaries of His Highness emphasize his determination in developing Kuwait's foreign relations, particularly with regards to the Permanent Members of the Security Council.
H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah had only been in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for five years before Kuwait's political stability became assured and the country's progress became defined.
At almost every inaugural session of the UN General Assembly, which takes place each year, an official Kuwaiti delegation headed by His Highness Sheikh Sabah delivers Kuwait's speech. His Highness's first speech at the UN expressed full awareness of the role played by the international organization. He stated: "Kuwait's participation in international activities clearly indicates that our independence and our membership of the UN are not an end by themselves, but are rather a means by which Kuwait can share responsibility in improving the lives of the people in our country and in other countries." His Highness believes strongly in tolerance, diversity and the necessity of cultural integration, not cultural conflict.
Despite the challenges he has faced, His Highness has proved time and time again his immense ability in the twin fields of Kuwait's Domestic and Foreign Affairs.
His Highness played a vital role in founding the Common Ministerial Council for the G.C.C and the European Union, which aims to consolidate and maximize economic ties between the participating countries. Numerous economic agreements have been signed by the two groups as a result of the Council's work.
His Highness's political strategy was centered on helping Arabic countries — this often took the form of providing loans to needy states. He also took on conciliatory and mediatory roles during regional and Arabic conflicts. He is a firm advocate of the power and importance of Arab unity in overcoming conflict and disagreement.
His Highness the Amir condemns terrorism and stands against the Western media's portrayal of Islam as a religion that encourages terrorism. Instead, he is determined to ensure that Islam is seen for what it is - a faith of tolerance, magnanimity and kindness.
His Highness Sabah Al Ahmad succeeded in obtaining international support for Kuwait after it was aggressively invaded, which resulted in the Security Council issuing decision N 678 on 29 November 1990.
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