While
condoling UAE’s new president Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nayhan on the demise
of his predecessor, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called the late Sheikh
Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan a “sincere friend of Pakistan”.

The PM
remembered the former president of UAE when he met President Sheikh Mohamed Bin
Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi today.

According to
the PM Office, other members of Abu Dhabi’s royal family were also present at
the condolence meeting. The PM was accompanied by Defence Minister Khawaja
Asif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and Pakistan’s Ambassador to UAE Afzaal
Mahmood.

PM
Shehbaz conveyed the profound sympathies and condolences of the leadership,
government, and people of Pakistan to the leadership of the UAE.

“Pakistan and
the UAE are bound by a close fraternal relationship. Under the leadership of
Late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the relationship between Pakistan and
the UAE scaled new heights. He was a sincere friend of Pakistan,” PM Shehbaz
said.

The premier
said that the “invaluable contributions” of the former UAE president would be
“long remembered” by Pakistan.

He also told
the Abu Dhabi royal family that Pakistan has announced three days of national
mourning from May 13-15, with the national flag flying at half-mast in
solidarity with the UAE.

The PM
stopped over in Abu Dhabi while returning from London to Pakistan, where he had
met his brother and PML-N supremo, Nawaz Sharif.

UAE’s
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed passes away

Sheikh
Khalifa bin Zayed passed away on Friday, state news agency WAM had
reported.

“The Ministry
of Presidential Affairs condoles the people of the UAE, the Arab and Islamic
nation and the world over the demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE,” a WAM statement read.

Following his
demise, the UAE government announced three days of public holiday and 40 days
of mourning.

Born in 1948
to UAE’s founding father Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Khalifa started his official
duties in 1966 and went on to rule the country from November 3, 2004, to date.

Sheikh
Khalifa was the second president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the 16th
Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven Emirates which
comprise the UAE.

Sheikh
Khalifa — whose full name is Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa
bin Shakhbout bin Theyab bin Issa bin Nahyan bin Falah bin Yas — was the eldest
son of Sheikh Zayed.

Sheikh
Khalifa was married to Her Sheikha Shamsa bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, and together
they have eight children: two sons and six daughters — and he also has several
grandchildren.

After
his father’s passing and his accession to the role of the president of the UAE,
Sheikh Khalifa launched an initiative to evolve the nomination system for
members of the Federal National Council, which was seen as a first step towards
the establishment of direct elections in the UAE.

Following
his death, UAE’s long-time de facto ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
was elected as president on Saturday, official media said, a day after the
death of former leader Sheikh Khalifa.

The
61-year-old was unanimously elected by the Federal Supreme Council, WAM news
agency said, becoming the ruler of the oil-rich country founded by his father
in 1971.

Sheikh
Mohamed, often known as ‘MBZ’, met members of the Federal Supreme Council, made
up of rulers of the UAE’s seven emirates, as the country enters a period of
mourning for his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa.

 

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2022-05-15

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