UAE President Sheikh Khalifa has died

Paris hailed “a leader who is respected by all,” and US President Joe Biden paid tribute to “a true partner and friend of the United States.”

The President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died on Friday, May 13, at the age of 73, following his country’s rapid growth in the international arena over the past two decades. Paris congratulated «a leader respected by all“While US President Joe Biden paid tribute”a true partner and friend of the United States“.

We welcome his deep commitment to stability and peace in the region and the world. Her efforts to provide sustainable responses to global challenges have been ongoing“, Said in a press release from the Foreign Ministry, welcoming his role in”Franco-Emirati Strategic Partnership“.

We honor his memory by continuing to strengthen the long-standing relationship between the governments and peoples of the United States and the United Arab Emirates.“For his part, the US president said in a press release, presenting his”compassionafter the death of the CEO.

Sheikh Khalifa, who was rarely seen in public after a stroke in January 2014, is expected to be replaced soon by his half-brother, the famous Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed, he said: “MBZwho was already considered the de facto ruler of the country. “His position, his successes, his wisdom, his generosity and his initiatives can be found in every corner of the country.Mohammad bin Zayed wrote on Twitter. “Caliph bin Zayed, my brother, my mentor and my teacher, may God have mercy on you“.

official mourning»

The government decidedofficial mourning and lowered flagswithin 40 days, according to the official news agency WAM. The next three days from Friday will be non-working, she added. The Emirati media quickly interrupted its usual programs to broadcast images and articles in honor of Sheikh Khalifa. His portrait is on display everywhere on Friday in the streets, institutions and even hotels of this Gulf country.

Sheikh Khalifa, born in January 1948, succeeded his father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, president and founding father of the United Arab Emirates, a wealthy oil state in the Persian Gulf consisting of seven emirates, including Dubai and the capital of Abu Dhabi.

Other great allies of the Emirates, King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed their “great sadness“, In a joint press release. The Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, also paid tribute to him. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, whose country normalized relations with the Emirates in 2020, expressed his condolences. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also presented his “sincere condolences“to the people”brotherOf the Emirates, despite the icy relations after the normalization between the Emirates and Israel. Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and India, in particular, expressed their condolences.

Growing influence

After the federation was established in 1971, Sheikh Khalifa was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of the new state. He then headed the High Petroleum Council, a body with broad powers in the energy sector.

Under the mandate of Sheikh Caliph, the Emirates has experienced rapid economic growth due to Abu Dhabi’s oil wealth, which accounts for 90% of the federation’s reserves, and the confirmation of Dubai as a financial center, a luxury tourist or air junction. . But, like their president, the Emirates has remained relatively restrained in the international arena, generally in line with its great ally, Saudi Arabia, the vast Gulf state and the Arab world, whose leading economy they remain.

According to observers, it was by order of the prince.MBZthat the country is gradually moving away from its usual reasoning, especially since the 2010s, gaining growing influence in the Middle East and Africa. Abu Dhabi is even involved in military interventions against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, and then in Yemen with the Saudis to fight Hussite insurgents near Iran.

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