Tributes pour in after death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa

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Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Tributes poured in from around the world on Friday after the UAE announced the death of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed A -Nahyan. He was 73.

Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia said it “shares the UAE people’s sorrows” over the death of the president.

Qatar — The emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani offered “the brotherly people of the UAE my deepest condolences and sympathy.”

United States — President Joe Biden said Sheikh Khalifa was “a true partner and friend of the United States,” adding the US “will honour his memory by continuing to strengthen” relations with the UAE.

European Union — European Council President Charles Michel said it was “with sadness” that he had learned of Sheikh Khalifa’s death. “The EU honours his legacy & leadership under which the UAE became frontrunner of sustainable development & economic diversification.”

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India — Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted he was “deeply saddened” over the news, saying Sheikh Khalifa “was a great statesman and visionary leader under whom India-UAE relations prospered.”

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Pakistan — Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif tweeted he was “grieved to hear about the passing” of Sheikh Khalifa, adding: “UAE has lost a visionary leader & Pakistan a great friend.”

Israel — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett offered “his sincerest condolences to the UAE government and its people.”

Palestinians — President Mahmoud Abbas said he “mourns” for the UAE.

Jordan — Jordan expressed the “deepest sympathies of King Abdullah and the people of Jordan, as they stand with the people of the UAE in these difficult times.”

Egypt — President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi said Sheikh Khalifa was a “loyal friend in all circumstances and conditions.”

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Pakistan — Former prime minister Imran Khan tweeted he was “truly saddened to learn of the passing of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the UAE & Ruler of Abu Dhabi. He was a great friend of Pakistan & a visionary leader of his people. My heartfelt condolences & prayers go to the Royal family & the Emirati people.”

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