Prime Minister Hon Roosevelt Skerrit sent condolences on the passing of Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan- the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In a post on Facebook, Prime Minister Skerrit stated that he is saddened to learn of the passing of “His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan,”.
The Prime Minister stated that Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan was a transformational and visionary leader who guided his people and country to growth and prosperity. He also called him a true friend of Dominica. Dominica and the United Arab Emirates share a longstanding relationship.
“I express heartfelt condolences to the royal family and to the people of the UAE. May his soul rest in peace,” Roosevelt Skerrit further added.
UAE’s President Sheikh Khalifa passed away on Friday morning, aged 73; he will be now replaced by his half-brother, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.
The government of the United Arab Emirates declared a 40-day mourning period, with all flags at half-mast from Friday and work suspended in all public and private sector places for the first three days.
Sheikh Khalifa succeeded his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi, the wealthiest of the federation’s seven emirates, as the UAE’s second president in November 2004.