A bevy of Arab diplomats on Thursday paid an emotional tribute to Kuwait’s late Amir His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, saying the world has lost an “ultimate leader” whose humanitarian acts would forever live in the annals of history. “We have lost a great Arab leader with the passing of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad,” Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Tunisia Mohammad Al-Ali told KUNA, as he paid his respects to the late Kuwaiti leader. Echoing Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s words, he said his country had lost a “dear brother,” wishing for a more prosperous future ahead for Kuwait with its new Amir His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the helm.

Grieving over the loss of a leader who “dedicated his life to the well-being of his people,” Tunisia’s former foreign minister Noureddine Erray said Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad’s passing is a “great loss to the world and humanity as a whole.” Abdelfattah Mourou, the North African nation’s former chief lawmaker, was confident of the “smooth transition of power (which took place) in Kuwait,” saying the process would further reinforce the country’s “growing presence” in the region. “Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad was not only a Kuwaiti leader but an advocate of Arab unity and champion of human rights,” said Morocco’s ambassador to Tunisia Hassan Tariq, adding that his country had also lost a genuine friend. Paying their respects to the late Kuwaiti Amir, the Palestinian ambassador to Tunisia Hael Fahoum and chief of the Arab League’s Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization Mohammed Ould Aamar both remembered him as an “incomparable leader.”