Change of Felipe VI's agenda: his trip, alone, to Kuwait to present his condolences for the death of the 86-year-old sheikh

Sudden change of agenda for Philip VI. The King travels this Monday morning, December 18, to Kuwait to present his condolences for the death of the sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 86 years old. This visit means the cancellation of the event scheduled in Madrid, at the Complutense University, where he was going to preside over the delivery of offices to the 61st class of the tax career. This is what the King's House has reported.

“With great sadness and regret, we mourn the Kuwaiti people, the Arab and Islamic nations and the friendly peoples of the world for the late Emir Sheikh Nawaf al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah.” It was the announcement by the Minister of Affairs of the Kuwaiti Royal Family in his appearance on television, on Saturday the 16th, to report the death of the sheikh, according to EFE.

This trip changes the monarch's agenda for this Monday, with the aforementioned event at the Complutense University of Madrid. The next work commitment will be this Thursday the 21st. Together with the Queen Letizia, will attend the Closing Concert of the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union. An event that will take place at the National Music Auditorium.

Emir of Kuwait for three years

Emir Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah took office in September 2020 after the death of his half-brother, Sheikh Sabá Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, who had led the country since 2006 and who previously He had been in charge of the Defense and Interior portfolios. In fact, he was Minister of Defense in 1990, when one of the biggest crises in Kuwait's history broke out, when it was invaded by Iraq and lit the fuse of the Gulf War.

A few weeks ago, the sheikh was hospitalized. Minister Mohamad Abdullah Al Sabá himself reported that he had been admitted for “an emergency health problem” that required “treatment and medical tests,” according to Europa Press, citing the Kuwaiti state news agency, KUNA.