Kamala Harris leads presidential delegation to UAE after leader’s death

Harris will also meet the new president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, according to a statement from Harris’ press secretary, Kirsten Allen.

“As well as honoring the memory and legacy of Sheikh Khalifa, the Vice President will underline the strength of the partnership between our countries and our desire to further deepen our ties in the months and years ahead,” Allen said on Saturday.

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Both President Joe Biden and Harris recently expressed their condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa. Biden called the late UAE leader “a true partner and friend of the United States.”

In a statement congratulating Sheikh Mohammed on his election as President of the UAE, Biden said that “the United States is determined to honor the memory of the late President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan by expanding the strategic partnership between our countries in the coming months.” continue to strengthen.” and years.”

Sheikh Khalifa, whose modernization policies helped transform his country into a regional powerhouse, died Friday at the age of 73.

His brother Sheikh Mohammed was unanimously elected president by the country’s Supreme Federal Council, according to the official UAE news agency (WAM). Sheikh Mohamed was widely seen as the de facto leader of the UAE, running day-to-day affairs for the Gulf state, while Sheikh Khalifa’s role has been largely ceremonial since he suffered a stroke and underwent surgery in 2014.

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