President Cyril Ramaphosa has on behalf of the federal government and folks of South Africa prolonged his deepest condolences to the federal government and folks of the United Arab Emirates after the loss of life of His Royal Highness and President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on the age of 73.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan served because the President of the United Arab Emirates since 2004.
He was the second President of the UAE and the sixteenth Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He was the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed, Founder of the United Arab Emirates.
“We supply our deepest condolences to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Acting President of the United Arab Emirates, in addition to to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“We extend our sympathies to the Rulers and royal family as well as the government and people of the United Arab Emirates,” mentioned Ramaphosa.
We mourn with them and share of their loss.
Ramaphosa recalled that the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan presided over main political reforms and made important contributions to the socio-economic upliftment and welfare of the folks of the United Arab Emirates, which stays a world instance.
“[He] will be remembered for his tireless efforts in enhancing bilateral relations between democratic South Africa and the UAE and promoting the interests of the South African government and people.”
These relations have been additional strengthened by the state visits of former South African Heads of State.
Ramaphosa attended the South Africa National Day celebrations on the Expo 2020 in Dubai on 28 March 2022 and expressed South Africa’s honour to be a part of this world occasion.