PM Barzani expresses condolences on passing of UAE President

Barzani noted that the late leader "devoted his life to serving his people and humanity". 
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The Kurdistan Region Prime Minster Masrour Barzani speaks during a press conference in Erbil, May 11, 2022. (Photo: Islam Hero/Kurdistan 24)
The Kurdistan Region Prime Minster Masrour Barzani speaks during a press conference in Erbil, May 11, 2022. (Photo: Islam Hero/Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani extended his condolence on the death of the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. 

"With great sadness, we received the news of the death of the President of the United Arab Emirates," Prime Minister Barzani tweeted on Friday. "On behalf of the people of Kurdistan, I offer my sincere condolences." 

Barzani noted that the late leader "devoted his life to serving his people and humanity". 

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi similarly expressed his condolences on the president's death. 

"We honor his legacy and are confident it will continue to live on for generations to come," he said. 

The UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced the leader's death on Friday. He was 73. 

According to WAM state media, the Emirates will observe a 40-day mourning period with the national flag flown at half-staff. Public and private offices will be closed for three days. 

"The UAE lost its righteous son, the leader of the 'empowerment stage' and the trustee of its blessed journey," Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Deputy Supreme Commander of Armed Forces and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, tweeted on Friday. 

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the president of the seven Arab emirates on Nov. 4, 2004, after his revered father, Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the UAE, passed away aged 86.