The National News : Les dirigeants du monde pleurent la mort du président des Émirats arabes unis, Cheikh Khalifa

Sheikh Khalifa, right, and dignitaries watch a parade on Abu Dhabi Corniche to celebrate Accession Day, on November 28 1971. Courtesy Al Ittihad

Leaders from the region and around the world have offered their condolences after the death of the UAE’s President, Sheikh Khalifa.

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced the death of Sheikh Khalifa on Friday. He was 73.

The government has declared a 40-day mourning period for the President, who led the UAE following the death of the Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in 2004.

The UN offices in the UAE expressed their condolences on the “profound loss of Sheikh Khalifa”. LINK TO ARTICLE