After the UAE announced the death of its President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Friday, world leaders expressed their condolences.
After Sheikh Khalifa’s death, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed said the UAE had lost a “righteous son and leader.”
“Khalifa bin Zayed, my brother, my mentor and my teacher, may God have mercy on you with his vast mercy and allow you into his paradise,” he wrote.
On Twitter, Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum expressed his heartfelt condolences to the country’s leader.
“The UAE and the world have lost a wise leader loyal to his people and his nation who devoted his life since the establishment of the union to serve the Emirates,” wrote Anwar Gargash, diplomatic advisor to the UAE President, on Twitter.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi wrote on Twitter that he “mourns one of the most precious men and one of the greatest leaders, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.”
El-Sisi went on to explain that the UAE president was recognized for his generous character, giving generously to his country and people.
Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said: “with the departure of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, we lost a Gulf and Arab leader and pioneer.”
While the UAE mourned the death of President Sheikh Khalifa, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Arab Parliament Speaker Adel Al-Asoomi, the Arab League, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, and Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan all extended condolences.
The US Embassy in the UAE issued a statement in response to the unfortunate loss, stating that Sheikh Khalifa was a real American friend.