Xi Jinping stressed that Sabah Amir is an outstanding leader of Kuwait, making important contributions to the building of a modern Kuwait and the promotion of regional peace and development. During his lifetime, the Emir of Sabah attached great importance to developing relations with China and made outstanding contributions to promoting friendly cooperation between China and Kuwait in various fields. The unfortunate death of Emir Sabah has made the Chinese people lose a sincere old friend. I deeply regret this. I attach great importance to the traditional friendship between China and Kuwait. It is believed that with the joint efforts of both sides, the strategic partnership between China and Kuwait will continue to consolidate and develop.
On the same day, Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of condolence to Prime Minister Sabah al Sabah of Kuwait on the tragic death of Sabah, expressed deep sorrow to the government of Kuwait and sincere sympathy to the relatives of the Emir of Sabah.