President Trump & Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jabr Al Sabah – Picture by US Department of State.
Friday, 18 September 2020, Washington D.C., USA: His Highness The Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah IV Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Ali Al Sabah was awarded the Legion of Merit with the rank of Chief Commander.
The Emir’s son, and erstwhile minister of Diwan of Amiri Diwan, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, HE Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah accepted the accolade on the Kuwaiti head of state’s behalf in a private ceremony at the White House from the hands of President Donald Trump. The Emir thus became the first recipient of this prestigious honour since 1991, and only the third Arab leader to ever be awarded the Legion of Merit.
A leader in the Middle East for decades, the Emir has been a truly unwavering friend and partner to the United States. He provided indispensable support to the United States throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Defeat-ISIS campaign. The Emir is also an unparalleled diplomat, having served as his nation’s foreign minister for 40 years. His tireless mediation of disputes in the Middle East has bridged divides under the most challenging circumstances.
For further information:
Statement by the White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-awarding-legion-merit-degree-chief-commander/
HH The Emir of Kuwait as UN Humanitarian Leader: https://diplomatmagazine.eu/2014/11/12/14149/