President Joe Biden celebrated the United Arab Emirates’s election of a brand new chief after the demise of its president, who will probably be mourned by a U.S. delegation led by Vice President Kamala Harris.
Biden congratulated his “long-time good friend” Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan on his election Saturday, simply hours after his administration introduced Harris’s plans to journey to Abu Dhabi to mourn his predecessor, who was additionally the brand new chief’s brother, subsequent week.
“As I informed Sheikh Mohammed yesterday throughout our cellphone name, america is decided to honor the reminiscence of the late president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan by persevering with to strengthen the strategic partnership between our nations over the approaching months and years,” Biden mentioned. “The UAE is a vital companion of america.”
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Harris will arrive with a presidential delegation in Abu Dhabi on Monday, the third day of the three-day mourning interval, when federal ministries, in addition to private and non-private entities, will all be closed to pay respects following the Friday demise of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan.
“Along with honoring the reminiscence and the legacy of Sheikh Khalifa, the Vice President will underscore the power of the partnership between our nations and our need to additional deepen our ties within the coming months and years,” a Saturday press launch learn.
French President Emmanuel Macron can also be anticipated to go to a day earlier.
Sheikh Khalifa’s vice chairman, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai, additionally celebrated the current election.
“We congratulate him and we pledge allegiance to him, and our individuals pledge allegiance to him,” the chief of Dubai wrote. “The entire nation is led by him to take it on the paths of glory and honor, God prepared.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan was unanimously elected in the future after his brother died. He was the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, but in addition turned the UAE’s de facto ruler after Sheikh Khalifa had a stroke in 2014.
Upon Saturday’s election to a five-year time period, the Federal Supreme Council referred to as Sheikh Mohammed “a devoted guardian of the Union and its positive factors in any respect ranges.” The council elects each president in accordance with the UAE’s structure.