|At a luncheon held in honour of heads of diplomatic missions abroad at their fifth conference.|
|10 April 2006|
In The Holy Name of Allah most gracious most merciful.
Your Excellency Dr. Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem Al- Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Ministers, Advisors in Al-Diwan Al-Amiri, and the Diwan of His Highness the Crown Prince,
I am pleased to meet with you here in Kuwait, which is ever present in our hearts and minds, in spite of the distances, to convey to you the appreciation of His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Father Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince and the people of Kuwait for your prominent role and constant efforts in serving our dear country and the interests of its people.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I will not conceal my feelings as I look at you today and yearn for past memories and years of service in the diplomatic corps in numerous countries.
The Kuwaiti diplomatic missions took on its current shape in the reign of His Highness the late Sheikh Abdullah Salem Al-Sabah, the leadership of Kuwaiti diplomacy was assumed by the dean of world Foreign Ministers His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah preceded in assuming the Foreign Ministry by the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah.
The open policy continued during the reign of the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah epitomized in opening more Kuwaiti diplomatic missions in a number of friendly and brotherly countries, not forgetting the great role His Highness the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah attached on motivating Kuwaiti diplomacy in various Gulf, Arab, and Islamic, regional and international arenas.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I feel fortunate and satisfied that we have all received our comprehensive training in the field of diplomacy at the hands of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah which will remain a beacon to guide our diplomatic and political efforts.
I wish to confirm to you ladies and gentlemen that the government will continue to follow in the footsteps of the government of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as all the commitments of his government, whether regional or international shall be implemented.
Kuwaiti diplomacy performed a crucial and historic role since the first days of the brutal Iraqi aggression; this was illustrated in the international mobilizations that lead to the liberation of Kuwait, which was unprecedented in the history of the world and an object of admiration in the international community.
You may be aware of the necessity to continue efforts and present the bright picture of Kuwait in different international arenas, and its persistence in supporting international efforts to achieve international peace and security, combating terrorism which would maintain Kuwait's position and highlight its distinguished role on the global arena, enhancing its relations with countries of the world in all fields.
Our aspirations should not stop at a certain point, and our road to progress and advancement is closely linked to increased global progress, thus, it is important to extend the hand of cooperation and develop the various dimensions of our international relations on the basis of give and take in equal proportions.
May Allah grant you success in pursuing all that is in the welfare of Kuwait and its people under the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince.
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