The British Prime Minister travels to the United Arab Emirates to pay tribute after the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, as his half-brother was elected as the country’s new president.
Following a vote by the Federal Supreme Council, the bucketThe de facto leader of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan will succeed Sheikh Khalifa, died Friday at the age of 73.
Boris Johnson issued a statement yesterday following news of the death of Sheikh Khalifa, who was the ruler of Abu Dhabi, as well as the President of the United Arab Emirates.
Mr Johnson said: “He was a wise and respected leader who will be sorely missed. Through his work as President and Sheikh, he made a personal contribution to regional stability and conservation that will long be remembered. .
“I know that the long and deep ties that unite our countries will continue and through our cooperation and friendship, we can bring peace, prosperity and justice to the world.
“I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the people of the United Arab Emirates.”
Downing Street said the Prime Minister’s visit will also aim to strengthen the close ties between the UK and the UAE.
The UK has a deep relationship with the United Arab Emirates, with the UK having protected what were then known as the Trucial States for decades before withdrawing in the early 1970s, and now manages a UK/UAE task force, which includes Mr Johnson, which helps both countries. work together on investment, political, defence, consular and other issues.
The rulers of the country’s seven emirates, including dubaibacked Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed unanimously in a vote, according to the official WAM news agency.
After the vote, Dubai Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted: “We congratulate him and we pledge allegiance to him, and our people pledge allegiance to him.
“The whole country is led by him to take him on the paths of glory and honor, God willing.”
Often referred to as MBZ, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, 61, was named the most powerful Arab leader and one of the most powerful men on the planet by The New York Times in 2019.
He had served as the de facto president of the United Arab Emirates since a stroke in 2014 saw his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa disappear from public view.
Under his leadership, the UAE took a more military approach in the region, joining Saudi Arabia in their long war in Yemen.
He was also included in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of 2019.
After his brother’s death, Sheikh Mohammed said, “The United Arab Emirates has lost its righteous son and leader of the ’empowerment phase’ and guardian of his blessed journey.”
Sheikh Mohammed made the United Arab Emirates a global military superpower
The new leader graduated from Britain’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1979.
He has since commanded one of the most high-tech armies in the Gulf region.
Along with his oil wealth and status as a business hub, Sheikh Mohammed has made the UAE a global military superpower.
Meanwhile, his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa suffered from bouts of illness.
The Al Nahyan family are said to have a fortune of £150billion.
The UAE is currently observing a three-day period of mourning, which will see businesses across the country closed and performances in honor of Sheikh Khalifa halted.
Electronic billboards all showed the image of the late sheikh in Dubai last night as flags flew at half mast.
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