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KUWAIT CITY, May 13: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Friday expressed heartfelt condolences for death of President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, saying Arab and Islamic nations lost “a great leader” who dedicated his life for service of his people, defending Arab and Islamic causes. His Highness the Amir extended deepest condolences on behalf of the government and people of Kuwait in cables of condolences to UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad bin Rahsed Al-Maktoum, and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed forces Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, their families and the people of the UAE.
The State of Kuwait, in a grieve over the demise of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, “will always remember his honorable positions towards the (Kuwaiti) just causes during the Iraqi invasion,” said His Highness the Amir. He prayed to Allah the Almighty to bestow the UAE people with solace, and commended the development that took place during the reign of the deceased which contributed to advancement of the nation. His Highness the Amir announced a 40-day mourning period, flags flown at half-mast and government departments would be off duty for three days starting today, May 13.
His Highness the Deputy Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah sent cables of condolences for Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed and Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed over the passing away of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince expressed condolences for the Emirati people, describing the deceased as “a great leader” who was a staunch defender of Arab and Islamic causes. His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince also praised the “honorable” position of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed towards Kuwait’s just causes during the Iraqi invasion, and commended his contribution to the development of the UAE. His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah ordered a 40-day mourning and flags flown at half-mast while government departments would cease working for three days as of Friday following passing away of President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. His Highness the Amir instructed the period of mourning in solidarity and sympathy with the UAE and its people in the wake of the death of Sheikh Khalifa, whom he described as “a great leader” who dedicated his life for service of his people, and defending Arab and Islamic causes
Kuwaiti National Assembly (parliament) Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim on Friday sent a cable to his Emirati counterpart Saqr Ghabash, offering sincere and heartfelt condolences over the demise of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. In the cable, the speaker prayed to Allah the Almighty to bestow much mercy over the soul of the deceased and to grant his family and UAE people more patience. Al-Ghanim paid tribute to the late UAE president as having devoted his life and effort to serving and developing his homeland, and cemented joint Gulf action. Earlier today, the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced the demise of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and 40-day mourning countrywide. (KUNA)