UAE President mourns Saudi King Abdullah
ABU DHABI // The UAE’s President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed has mourned the death of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, who passed away before dawn on Friday.
He prayed to Allah to bless the soul of the late king with mercy in Paradise.
The president praised the late king for being dedicated to the service of his people and nation and his work on bolstering cohesion of the Arab Nation.
“We mourn the death of one of the most notable leaders of the Arab Nation and Muslim Nation who generously gave a lot to his people and his nation and sincerely defended the causes of the Arab Nation and the Muslim Nation,” Sheikh Khalifa said.
He emphasised that the death of the late king was a loss of a great figure who never hesitated to serve the causes of his nation.
“As we express our sincere condolences to the Saudi royal family and the people of the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the death of the great late king, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, we express our full confidence that King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will continue his blessed march serving the causes of the nation and advance the Arab joint action,” Sheikh Khalifa said.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, offered condolences for death of King Abdullah.
He tweeted: “With wisdom, commitment and generosity, and with dedication to the service of Islam and Muslims, King Abdullah conquered the hearts of his people and the hearts of Muslims. May he rest in peace and God’s mercy be upon him.”
Sheikh Khalifa has also ordered a three-day mourning, starting today, Friday, and that the UAE national flag be flown at half-mast at all government departments across the country and at all embassies and diplomatic missions of the UAE overseas.