Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, has died, according to the Emirati national news agency WAM. He was 73.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced that there will be 40 days of official mourning with flags at half mast and three days closure of ministries and official entities at the federal and local levels and the private sector,” the agency wrote on Twitter on Friday.
Former Prime Minister and chairman PTI has expressed his condolences on the death.
“Truly saddened to learn of the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the UAE & Ruler of Abu Dhabi. He was a great friend of Pakistan & a visionary leader of his people. My heartfelt condolences & prayers go to the Royal family & the Emirati people.”
In response, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he was deeply grieved to hear about the passing of Sheikh Khalifa.
“UAE has lost a visionary leader & Pakistan a great friend,” the prime minister said.
“We send our heartfelt condolences & sympathies to the government & people of the UAE. May Allah rest his soul in peace!” he added.