King Mohammed VI of Morocco expresses sincere condolences at death of president of UAE, decrees three-day national mourning

King Mohammed VI, in his own name and on behalf of the royal family, and the entire Moroccan people, expressed his sincerest condolences and deep feelings of sympathy for the tragedy that befell the United Arab Emirates following the sad news of the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the Gulf country.

Following the sad news of the death of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, “King Mohammed VI expressed in his personal name and on behalf of the Royal Family and the Moroccan people, his sincere condolences and deep feelings of compassion after this loss that has plunged the illustrious Princely Family of the State of the United Arab Emirates into grief,” said the Royal office in a statement.

Following the passing away of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyane, King Mohammed VI has given his instructions to declare a three-day official mourning in the Kingdom, starting from Friday, May 13, 2022.

During this three-day mourning period, the national flag will be flown at half-mast at government buildings, administrations and public places, and at Morocco’s embassies and consulates abroad, said the Royal Office in a statement.

King Mohammed VI had also a phone call with his brother Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to whom he expressed again, on behalf of Morocco, King, Government and People, as well as to his illustrious princely family and to the brotherly Emirati people, “his deep condolences and sincere feelings of compassion following the cruel loss of a noble and brave Arab leader, bound to Morocco by solid ties of brotherhood and esteem,” the statement said.

In this painful circumstance, the King recalled the deep bonds of sincere affection, mutual esteem and continuous understanding that bound the Sovereign to the deceased and that constantly united the UAE Princely Family and the Moroccan Royal Family.

The Sovereign also stressed that “the Kingdom of Morocco remembers, with the esteem due to the deceased, may God have him in His holy mercy, the affection and the strong bonds of brotherhood and solidarity, in good and bad times, that the deceased bore towards Morocco, and his great concern for the consolidation and development of the exceptional and distinguished relations linking the two brotherly countries, as well as for the reinforcement of their bonds of solidarity and mutual aid with regard to the various crucial questions of common interest,” added the Royal Office statement.

In this difficult moment, King Mohammed VI expressed the great esteem he holds for “the great achievements made by the late President in favor of the brotherly State of the United Arab Emirates, by continuing the work of his late father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and by ensuring its modernization and the development of its economic and political capacities, which enabled it to occupy a prominent place at the Arab, regional and international levels, and to play an active role in defending just Arab causes and consolidating Arab-Islamic ties of solidarity.”

On this sad occasion, the King has earlier sent messages of condolences and compassion to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, , as well as to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and President of the Council of Ministers.

The UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan passed away this Friday at the age of 73, announced the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs, which declared an official mourning for 40 days as of this May 13. The country’s flags will be flown at half-mast during the mourning period, while government departments, and private sector institutions will be closed for three days.

Sheikh Khalifa, the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, succeeded his father and served as the president of the United Arab Emirates, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, and the supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces since 2004.

Khalifa suffered a stroke in January 2014 and has since reduced his involvement in state issues while retaining ceremonial presidential powers. His half-brother, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has since been overseeing state affairs.

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