DUBAI: Messages of condolence have poured in from across the Center East and the world following information of the demise of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the president of the UAE, on the age of 73 on Friday.
“The Emirates misplaced its righteous son, the chief of the ‘empowerment stage’ and the trustee of its blessed journey,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, mentioned in a tweet. “His stances, achievements, knowledge, giving and initiatives in each nook of the nation. Might God have mercy on you together with his huge mercy and enter you into his paradise.”
All through the day, Gulf leaders supplied messages of condolence to Al-Nahyan household and the Emirati individuals. In a press release revealed by SPA, Saudi Arabia’s Royal Courtroom mentioned the information of Sheikh Khalifa’s passing had been “acquired with nice disappointment and sorrow.”
King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the federal government of the United Arab Emirates, the honorable Al-Nahyan household, the brotherly Emirati individuals, and to the Arab and Islamic nations on passing away of a pacesetter who has given rather a lot to his individuals, nation and the world.”
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Declaring three days of nationwide mourning, Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik mentioned: “The Sultanate shares the grief of the management, authorities and other people of the brotherly United Arab Emirates of their nice affliction.”
Additionally ordering three days of official mourning, Bahrain’s Royal Courtroom “paid homage to the late UAE president who handed away after a life wealthy in achievements to serve the UAE individuals in addition to the Arab and Islamic nations.”
In a press release issued by the Qatari Emiri Courtroom, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani mentioned: “We have now misplaced together with his passing an incredible chief who was clever and average, who devoted his life and energy to serve his nation and nation.”
Talking for Kuwaitis, Emir Sheikh Nawaf mentioned: “The Arab and Islamic nations have misplaced one in all their leaders. The nice man who devoted his life to serving his nation and other people and defending Arab and Islamic causes.”
Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), conveyed his heartfelt condolences, saying Sheikh Khalifa had lived “a life filled with giving and giving within the service of his individuals, his homeland and the Arab and Islamic nation.”
Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary-general of the Arab League, issued a press release of condolences addressed to the UAE management, authorities and other people, including that the Arab League will observe three days of mourning with flags to be flown at half-mast.
Leaders throughout the broader Center East and North Africa additionally paid their respects. “With honest disappointment and sorrow, I mourn some of the valuable males and one of many biggest leaders,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi tweeted on Friday.
“He gave rather a lot to his nation and his nation, till the Emirates turned a mannequin for growth and modernity in our area and the world.”
Jordan’s Royal Hashemite Courtroom likewise supplied its condolences. “We have now misplaced a pricey brother and an impressive chief who inherited knowledge from his late nice father Sheikh Zayed and devoted his life to serving his nation and the Arab and Islamic nations,” Jordan’s King Abdullah II tweeted.
Iraq’s President Barham Salih mentioned Sheikh Khalifa was a person “recognized for his knowledge and generosity for the sake of his homeland and the Arab and Islamic nation,” whereas Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi mentioned: “We’re assured that the pioneering path that the late nice man took will proceed with the efforts of his nation’s management and other people.”
A number of Lebanese officers expressed their sorrow by way of Twitter. “Immediately, the Arab nation misplaced one in all its most distinguished males,” Saad Hariri, Lebanon’s former prime minister, mentioned.
Arab leaders weren’t the one Center East public figures who supplied their condolences. Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett mentioned: “Sheikh Khalifa’s legacy and large deeds are enormously admired in Israel. The State of Israel stands alongside the United Arab Emirates at this troublesome time.”
Israel and the UAE established diplomatic relations in 2020 — the primary of a number of US-backed normalization agreements between the Jewish state and Arab nations that 12 months generally known as the Abraham Accords.
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog referred to as Sheikh Khalifa’s demise “an incredible loss for our mates within the UAE and for the entire area.”
He added: “Sheikh Khalifa’s daring management contributed a lot to the development of the UAE and its individuals and to the rising partnership between our nations and is a superb legacy for his successors.”
United Nations Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres supplied condolences to the UAE management and other people, noting that Sheikh Khalifa “led the UAE by a major interval of its growth, marked by nice financial advances and a surge in its regional and international affect.”
In the meantime, in a letter to his UAE counterpart, Iran’s International Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian expressed “grief and remorse” over Sheikh Khalifa’s demise.
Messages additionally arrived from additional afield. The Indian authorities introduced a day of mourning on Saturday.
“As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the federal government of India has determined that there shall be at some point’s state mourning tomorrow all through India,” the Indian Ministry of Residence Affairs mentioned in a press release.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted he was “deeply saddened” by the information, saying Sheikh Khalifa “was an incredible statesman and visionary chief beneath whom India-UAE relations prospered.”
US President Joe Biden paid tribute to Sheikh Khalifa, calling the departed Emirati chief a “true accomplice and pal of america.”
“We are going to honor his reminiscence by persevering with to strengthen the longstanding ties between the governments and other people of america and the United Arab Emirates,” Biden mentioned.
“Sheikh Khalifa did a lot to strengthen pleasant relations and constructive cooperation,” mentioned Russian President Vladimir Putin, whereas French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned his “ideas exit to his brother Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, to his complete household and to the Emirati individuals.”
Italian President Sergio Mattarella additionally supplied his condolences, saying he would keep in mind Sheikh Khalifa for his “tenacity and farsightedness.”
In a message to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, now the appearing president of the UAE, Mattarella mentioned he “realized with disappointment the information of the passing of His Highness Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan,” who, he added, had led his nation on “an necessary path” of development and growth.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned he was “saddened” to study of Sheikh Khalifa’s passing. “He was a clever and revered chief who shall be missed enormously. By way of his work as president and sheikh he has made a private contribution to regional stability and conservation which can lengthy be remembered.
“I do know that the lengthy and deep ties which unite our nations will proceed and thru our cooperation and friendship, we are able to guarantee peace, prosperity and justice on the earth.”
Tony Blair, the UK’s former prime minister, who continues to foster a detailed relationship with the Center East and its leaders, shared his “deep sorrow” upon studying of Sheikh Khalifa’s demise.
“On this unhappy event I recall the president’s lengthy and distinguished profession as a public servant. He was revered not solely in his nation however all through the broader area and the world.”
Born in 1948, the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Khalifa took over because the UAE’s second president in November 2004, succeeding his father because the sixteenth ruler of Abu Dhabi, the biggest of the nation’s seven cities and till 1971 an impartial emirate.
Sheikh Khalifa led the UAE because it started its rise to turn out to be a worldwide oil and industrial energy. He leaves behind his spouse Sheikha Shamsa bint Suhail Al-Mazrouei and their eight youngsters.
Sheikh Khalifa is more likely to be succeeded by Sheikh Mohammed, the crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces.