World Leaders Mourn Deceased UAE President

Published May 14th, 2022 - 06:42 GMT
World Leaders Mourn Deceased UAE President
A local channel displays the portrait of late UAE's President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, during a state mourning in Abu Dhabi on May 13, 2022. UAE's President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan died aged 73 after a years-long battle with illness, triggering a period of mourning and a handover of power in the oil-rich Gulf state. (Photo by Karim SAHIB / AFP)

World leaders on Friday extended condolences over the death of United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The UAE will observe 40-day mourning, during which flags will be flown at half-mast, while work will be suspended across the public and private sectors for three days.

Al Nahyan was buried in the Al-Batin Cemetery in Abu Dhabi after the funeral prayer on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II said she was saddened to hear about the death of Al Nahyan, who "devoted his life to serving the people of the United Arab Emirates and his relationship with its allies and friends."

She also extended "sincere condolences" and her sympathy to the people of the UAE, noting that: "He will be long remembered by all who work for regional stability, understanding between nations and between faiths, and for the conservation cause."

In a written statement, U.S. President Joe Biden said he was "deeply saddened" to learn of the passing away of Al Nahyan.

"Sheikh Khalifa was a true partner and friend of the United States throughout his decades-long tenure as President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and in his earlier role as Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. On behalf of the American people, I offer my condolences to Sheikh Khalifa’s family and all Emiratis as they mourn this great loss," he said.

Biden stressed that they will honor Al Nahyan's memory by continuing to strengthen the longstanding ties between the governments and people of the US and the UAE.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Twitter expressed "deep sadness" at the passing away of Al Nahyan, noting that he was a "friend of the United States and will be missed."

"We are heartbroken by the news of the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates," French President Emmanuel Macron wrote in a tweet in Arabic.

"I express my sympathy to his brother, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, his family, and the people of the Emirates," he added.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer expressed his "sincere condolences" on the passing away of the UAE’s second president.

"Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has shown impressive leadership and provided safety and security to the whole region. Our thoughts are with his family and with the citizens of the UAE," said Nehammer.

Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benitez also condoled the death of Al Nahyan.

"We extend our condolences to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and to the Emirati people, upon the passing of the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan," he said on Twitter.


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