The President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died on Friday. According to reports, the government has confirmed the death of Khalifa. A 40-day national strike has been announced in the country. Meanwhile, the national flag will remain at half-mast. All government offices and ministries will remain closed for three days. These include the private sector as well.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the death of Abu Dhabi’s ruler Sheikh Khalifa and said that India and the UAE will work together under his leadership. The relations flourished, the Government of India has decided to observe state mourning across India on Saturday in his honor. According to a message from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, during a day of state mourning, the national flag will be flown at half-mast over government buildings and there will be no official entertainment program.
Sheikh Khalifa is the President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi since 3 November 2004. His father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was president from 1971 to 2004. He was the first President of the country. Born in 1948, Sheikh Khalifa was the 16th richest ruler of Abu Dhabi. He made significant reforms in the administrative structures of the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi.
It should be noted that over the past eight years, diplomatic relations between India and the United Arab Emirates have become quite close. In addition, Sheikh had good relations with Prime Minister Modi and with the help of the United States during his stay in the UAE. The two countries had good relations, which is considered an important achievement for international peace.