New UAE president meets Macron as world leaders pay respects

AFP , Sunday 15 May 2022

The UAE's new president Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks Sunday with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron as world leaders streamed into Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to his predecessor.

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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, meets newly-elected president of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mourn the death of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, May 15, 2022. AP


Macron, who was re-elected this month, expressed his condolences to Sheikh Mohamed following the death of his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa, who died on Friday following a long illness.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US Vice President Kamala Harris, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli President Isaac Herzog are also expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, on Sunday and Monday.

Sheikh Mohamed was chosen to lead the Arab state in a unanimous vote by leaders of the country's seven emirates on Saturday.

Presidents and monarchs from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Oman and Tunisia, and Sudan, were among a long line of dignitaries to offer their condolences on Saturday.

Close ally Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called to congratulate the new president and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to commend his "dynamic and visionary leadership".

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