Abu Dhabi, 16 May 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The purpose of his visit is to offer condolences to the Al-Nahyan family.

Likewise, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan will offer condolences to the leadership and people of the UAE, on the demise of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former President of the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE has lost a visionary statesman in the demise of Sheikh Khalifa. He profoundly transformed the country. Moreover, Pakistan has also lost a genuine friend and ally.

Sheikh Khalifa made priceless contributions toward boosting brotherly ties between Pakistan and UAE. The thoughts and prayers of the people of Pakistan are with the Al-Nahyan family as well as the Emirati brethren, in this hour of grief.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the second President of the UAE. He was also the ruler of Abu Dhabi. He served from 2004 until his death in May 2022.

Sheikh Khalifa was the eldest son of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the first President of the United Arab Emirates.

He succeeded his father as the ruler of Abu Dhabi on 2 November 2004. The following day, Federal Supreme Council elected him as President of the UAE.

As Abu Dhabi’s ruler, he lured cultural and academic centres to Abu Dhabi. He also helped to establish the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and New York University Abu Dhabi.

During his presidency, the UAE’s non-oil economy grew and became a regional economic powerhouse. Burj Khalifa is named in his honour. Following his death, Sheikh Khalifa was succeeded by his brother Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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