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FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2019 file photo, Saudi King Salman, center left, is accompanied by Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, center right, as they enter the Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks to the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, after he arrived at Windsor Castle at the start of a state visit, in Windsor, in southern England November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool/File Photo
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands as he meets with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) poses for a photograph with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (C) and her husband Prince Philip before a State Banquet at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, southern England November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Oli Scarff/Pool/File Photo
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FILE - In this Monday, July 9, 2018 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after witnesses a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool, File)
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah, in Kuwait City, Kuwait, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young/Pool/File Photo
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FILE PHOTO: Jordan's King Abdullah II stands next to Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during a reception ceremony at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/File Photo
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 file photo released by Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, middle, receives by Kuwaiti officials after his arrival from the U.S. in Kuwait. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. ( KUNA via AP, File)
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 10, 2019 A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace shows from (L to R): Omani Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmud al-Said, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa , Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Qatar's Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani attending the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in Riyadh. Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the architect of the nation's modern foreign policy and mediator in some of the worst crises to grip the Gulf, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, according to the royal court. - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / AFP / Saudi Royal Palace / Bandar AL-JALOUD / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BAND
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 24, 2017 Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (C) speaking crown prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah (R) during the opening ceremony of the new legislative year at the National Assembly in Kuwait City. Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the architect of the nation's modern foreign policy and mediator in some of the worst crises to grip the Gulf, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, according to the royal court. / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 30, 2018 Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah gestures upon his arrival at the opening ceremony of the new legislative year in Kuwait City. Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, regarded as the architect of the nation's modern foreign policy, died on September 29, 2020 at the age of 91, according to the royal court. / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
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FILE PHOTO: The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (C), talks to Britain's Prince Philip (R) as he inspects members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southern England November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
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FILE PHOTO: Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah sits during opening of parliament session in Kuwait City, Kuwait October 29, 2019. Picture taken October 29, 2019. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee/File Photo
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 24, 2019 Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (blue jacket) talks with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (L) during the first joint European Union and Arab League summit at the International Congress Centre in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the architect of the nation's modern foreign policy and mediator in some of the worst crises to grip the Gulf, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, according to the royal court. / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 01, 2019 Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) stands next to Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah in the Saudi holy city of Mecca. Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the architect of the nation's modern foreign policy and mediator in some of the worst crises to grip the Gulf, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, according to the royal court. / AFP / BANDAR ALDANDANI
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 21, 2017 US President Donald Trump (R) and Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah take part in a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Riyadh. Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the architect of the nation's modern foreign policy and mediator in some of the worst crises to grip the Gulf, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, according to the royal court. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN
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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) greets Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah outside 10 Downing Street in London November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hackett/File Photo
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Updated 29 September 2020

Death of Kuwait ruler Sheikh Sabah draws outpour of grief

The death of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the leader of Kuwait who earned a reputation as a seasoned diplomat and a rare ruler who could cross the region’s political and sectarian divides, drew an outpouring of grief from across the Arab world Tuesday.