Remarks at a UN General Assembly Tribute in Memory of His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait

Ambassador Chris Lu
Representative for UN Management and Reform
New York, New York
December 20, 2023


Mr. President, Madam Deputy Secretary-General, thank you for convening this important tribute. On behalf of the host country, the United States, we are deeply saddened by the death of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

On behalf of President Biden and Secretary Blinken, we extend our deepest condolences to the Permanent Mission of Kuwait, to the Amir’s family, and to all the people of Kuwait. The President shares in the grief expressed by so many of Kuwait’s friends in recent days.

His Highness the Amir was a widely respected world leader, drawing on decades of service in his national government in multiple important roles. He was a friend of the United States and a keen supporter of the deep and longstanding partnership between our two countries. Throughout his long career, Sheik Nawaf demonstrated his love of Kuwait and its people.

We mourn his passing and remember his significant contributions to the development, progress, and prosperity of his country.

We honor his life and the vision we shared for greater peace and stability across the Middle East and his strong belief in the value of the United Nations and its Charter. We will continue to strengthen the longstanding ties between the governments and he people of the United States and Kuwait as we pursue that future together. And we extend our best wishes and full support to the new Amir, Sheik Mishal.

Thank you.