File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Collected
Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah died on Tuesday at the age of 91
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday left Dhaka for Kuwait on a two-day visit, carrying messages of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the new emir of the oil-rich gulf nation.
The minister left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HISA) on a flight to Kuwait at 11am, a ministry official said.
“I will visit Kuwait as a special envoy of our prime minister to convey her congratulatory message to new Kuwait Emir Sheikh Nawaf al Ahmad al Sabah,” Momen told BSS Saturday evening.
Apart from the congratulatory message to the new emir, the foreign minister will also convey Hasina’s condolences on the death of the former Kuwait emir.
Momen is scheduled to return home on Tuesday morning.
Kuwait’s new ruler, Sheikh Nawaf al Ahmad al Sabah, took the oath of office as the new Emir a day after his predecessor, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, died in the US on Tuesday at the age of 91.
On Thursday, Bangladesh observed one-day national mourning in respect to the memory of Sheikh Sabah.
Earlier, Prime Minister Hasina had expressed profound shock and sorrow at Sheikh Sabah’s death.
On Friday, Foreign Minister Momen had also signed the condolence book kept at the Kuwait mission in Dhaka on the death of the Kuwait emir.
Saying that Bangladesh lost a true friend at the death of Emir Sheikh Sabah, the foreign minister paid respect to the emir on behalf of the government and the people of Bangladesh.
“The Bangladeshi nationals living in Kuwait will remember the contribution of the emir to the welfare of the Bangladeshi expatriates,” Momen said.