I recently attended an event organized by the Saudi Information Ministry through the King Fahad Cultural Center to mark Kuwait’s 57th national day.
The celebration also marked the 27th anniversary of liberation. These two events represent the link between independence and liberation. Kuwait gained its independence in 1961. It then drafted a constitution and the first parliamentary elections were held on Independence Day.
Kuwait then witnessed several developments. Some of them were marked with calmness while others with distress, and some fell somewhere in between. The country thus witnessed domestic and foreign political, economic, security and social challenges. It has not been spared of existential crises ever since its modern establishment as few days after its independence, its Iraqi neighbor who at the time was led by “the leader” Abd al-Karim Qasim, threatened it; thus Saudi Arabia came to its aid during the days of late King Saud bin Abdulaziz.
Kuwait is a unique state within the Gulf. It has a glorious cultural history and different political potential.Mashari Althaydi