Kiir euologises late UAE president, Sheikh Khalifa

Kiir euologises late UAE president, Sheikh Khalifa
President Salva Kiir (photo credit: courtesy)

President Salva Kiir has eulogised the fallen United Arabs Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan as a transformative leader as he joined other international figures in mourning the fallen head of state.

Sheikh Khalifa who was one of the richest monarchs in the world, died Friday, May 13.

He was 73.

In his condolence message, Kiir remembered Sheikh Khalifa for his contribution to peace building in South Sudan. 

“UAE have stood firmly with South Sudan and worked tirelessly alongside us, as we strive to build our nation.

“His highness was one of the leaders who shared our commitment to lasting peace and prosperity in South Sudan,” said Kiir in a statement.

Sheikh Khalifa death threw the oil-rich nation into a 40-day mourning period with flags at half-mast.

“The people of South Sudan stand in solidarity with the people of UAE during this mourning period,” added the president.

Sheikh Khalifa half-brother, Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan has since taken charge of state affairs.

The al-Nahyan family is estimated to have a fortune in excess of $150bn (£123bn).

Khalifa served as UAE president since 2004, though his role had been largely ceremonial since he suffered a stroke in 2014.

He succeeded his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi.