Dubai, Reuters. Sheikh bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Abu Dhabi, has died at the age of 73. 40 days of national mourning has been declared in the UAE on the death of Sheikh. The President’s Ministry gave this information. The President of India, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the death of Sheikh Khalifa. Kovind said that he will always be remembered for his work for the welfare of the Indian community.

PM Modi expressed grief

Expressing deep sorrow, Prime Minister Modi said that he was a great statesman and a visionary leader under whom India-UAE ties were strengthened. The condolences of the people of India are with the people of UAE. May God rest his soul. People from all over the world including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled his death.

Vice President will take charge

Sheikh Khalifa held the position of President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi since November 3, 2004. According to the report, the national flag was flown at half-mast over the federal department and local institutions on the president’s death. The presidential chair, which fell vacant after the death of the Khalifa, will be filled in 30 days. By then Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum will take over.

18 years of his services

Khalifa served 18 years as President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Khalifa was elected the President of the UAE, succeeding his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

was born in 1948

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan took office as the first president after the union’s formation in 1971, until 2 November 2004. Born in 1948, Sheikh Khalifa was the second President of the United Arab Emirates and the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi. The statement issued by the federal government said that the UAE grew rapidly during the reign of the Caliph.

India declares state mourning

According to news agency PTI from New Delhi, India has declared a day of state mourning on Saturday on the death of Sheikh Khalifa. In a message issued by the Union Home Ministry to all the states and union territories, it has been said that there will be a day of state mourning across the country on May 14 in honor of the departed. During the one-day state mourning, the national flag will be flown at half-mast over government buildings and there will be no official entertainment program.

Edited By: Krishna Bihari Singh