Leaders and heads of state from the Middle East and around the world paid rich tributes to the late UAE President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered their “deepest condolences to the government of the UAE, the Al Nahyan family, the Emirati people and the Arab and Islamic nations, over the death of a leader who gave a lot to his people, nation and the world.”
King Salman directed the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque to perform Salat Al Ghaib prayers for Shaikh Khalifa, SPA reported.
US President Joe Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden were ‘deeply saddened’ to learn of the passing of the UAE President.
“Shaikh Khalifa was a true partner and friend of the US throughout his decades-long tenure as President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi and in his earlier role as Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi,” Biden said.
Kuwaiti Amir Shaikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah praised Shaikh Khalifa’s ‘fair and righteous’ stances towards his country during the Iraqi occupation. “The president led the UAE “during a period of comprehensive renaissance that placed it in the ranks of the developed countries,” he added.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi mourned with sincere sadness “a man of the most precious men, and one of the greatest leaders, who passed away after a long journey of giving.”
Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Iraq’s President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi also extended condolences.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said UAE had “lost a visionary leader and Pakistan a great friend”. India has declared a day of state mourning today as a mark of respect to Shaikh Khalifa.