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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan dies at 73;  Condolences flow


The President and leader of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died on Friday. He was 73 years old. The UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs has announced official mourning and flags at half mast for a period of 40 days, starting today.

In addition, work in ministries and government departments at the federal and local levels as well as in the private sector will be suspended for three days with immediate effect.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs extends its condolences to the people of the United Arab Emirates, to the Arab and Islamic nation and to the whole world on the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates,” the statement said. official WAM news agency.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the eldest son of the founding leader of the United Arab Emirates Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. As the 16th Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates, he has served as the country’s leader since November 2004, when he was first elected President. He was the second president in the history of the United Arab Emirates and served for over 17 years.

Under the leadership of Khalifa bin Zayed, the United Arab Emirates has transformed into a thriving regional powerhouse and a major commercial and technological hub. The UAE also normalized its ties with Israel in the historic Abraham Accords under his administration.

In 2014, he suffered a stroke but was in stable condition. However, most of the authority has been vested in Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, his half-brother, according to a Jerusalem Post report.

Expressing his sorrow over the death of the President of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was a great statesman and a visionary leader under whose leadership relations between the two countries flourished. The sincere condolences of the people of India go to the people of the United Arab Emirates, Modi tweeted.

Describing the president of the oil-rich nation as a leader who modernized and empowered the Gulf nation, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said Sheikh Khalifa laid the foundation for India-UAE relations.

“We deeply mourn the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates,” Jaishankar said on Twitter. “He will be remembered as a leader who modernized and strengthened the UAE. This laid the foundation for the transformation of India-UAE relations,” he said.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolences and said he will be remembered as a visionary leader who brought rapid development to the UAE.

“My sincere condolences to the family of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the people of the United Arab Emirates,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

Condoling the passing of the 73-year-old president, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly VD Satheesan recalled that Sheikh Khalifa has always maintained cordial relations with Kerala.

“Deeply saddened by the passing of the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who has always maintained cordial relations with Kerala. He was a visionary leader who played a key role in the modernization of the Emirates His contributions will be remembered forever,” Vijayan tweeted.

In his condolence message, Satheesan said that Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has modernized the Emirates and contributed significantly to building a better world.

“Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates. He modernized the Emirates and contributed significantly to building a better world. His contributions will always be cherished . Condolences and prayers,” Satheesan tweeted. .

India announced a day of national mourning on Saturday as a mark of respect for the late president of the United Arab Emirates. According to a communication released by the Union Home Ministry to all States and Union Territories on Friday, the Government of India has decided that there will be a State Day of Mourning on May 14 across the country. country.

On the day of mourning, the national flag will be lowered to half-mast on all buildings where it flies regularly and there will be no official entertainment, the statement said.

(Edited by : Priyanka Deshpande)

First post: STI




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