Aoun Went To Kuwait To Give His Condolences For The Late Emir

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Last week, the world was shocked at the passing of the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who was well-loved across the region.

On Monday morning, Lebanese senior officials, including President Aoun himself, took off for Kuwait to offer condolences to the new Emir of Kuwait, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

An old photograph of President Aoun with the late Kuwaiti Emir (Asharq al-Awsat/Dalati&Nohra)

President Aoun was accompanied by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, outgoing PM Hassan Diab, and Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe, as well as the Chargé d’Affairs of the Lebanese Embassy in Kuwait, Bassil Oweidat.

According to Al-Liwaa newspaper, Aoun and Berri were set to discuss during the flight the steps to take in the new government formation, which has been pushed amid a deadlock on appointing a new prime minister.

On Sunday, the new Emir of Kuwait was visited by former-PM Saad Hariri who offered his condolences as well.

For months, Lebanon had been looking towards Kuwait for fuel imports. In July, the Lebanese president sent the head of General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim on a mission to Kuwait to try to gain financial support for Lebanon.

After the tragedy at the Beirut port, Kuwait was quick to offer a grand amount of humanitarian assistance, standing in solidarity with Lebanon.

It immediately sent medical supplies to Beirut. It also offered to help rebuild the port and operate other ports, as well as rebuild the damaged grain silos.

Kuwait is home to many Lebanese nationals, who have no choice but to work and live far from their home country due to the lack of opportunities, security, and stability.