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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 16, 2006

President's Statement on the Death of Sheikh Jabir of Kuwait

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Highness Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad Al Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait. Sheikh Jabir was a friend and steadfast and reliable ally of the United States. He supported the U.S. servicemen and women who fought to liberate Kuwait and later Iraq from the aggression and tyranny of Saddam Hussein. Sheikh Jabir worked tirelessly to provide a better future for Kuwait's citizens and was the driving force behind many reforms, including the establishment of a vibrant, elected parliament and a free press. In his last months, he provided critical leadership to ensure that Kuwait's women achieved political rights. On behalf of the American people, Laura and I send our deepest condolences to Sheikh Jabir's family and to the government and people of Kuwait on the passing of this historic leader.

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