Trump awards Kuwait’s emir with Legion of Merit
Published: 09:34 PM, 19 September 2020
President Donald Trump awarded Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah, 91, the prestigious Legion of Merit, a top US honor on Friday.
During a private ceremony at the White House Al-Sabah's eldest son received the honor in his father's stead as the Kuwaiti leader is currently ill.
Amir Sabah is currently receiving medical treatment in the United States. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post, however, multiple reports say he is receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
In a statement, the White House described the emir "has been a truly unwavering friend and partner to the United States,". The statement said Kuwait's support for a series of US military operations in the region, including the most recent US-led operations to defeat Daesh.
"His tireless mediation of disputes in the Middle East has bridged divides under the most challenging circumstances. The President is very pleased to award this honor to his dear friend, the Amir," the White House said in a statement.