As a gesture of respect for UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, India has proclaimed one day of national mourning across the country. The National Flag will be flown at half-mast on Saturday across India on all buildings where the National Flag is displayed routinely, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). “His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has died.” The Government of India has decided that there will be one day of State Mourning tomorrow throughout India as a show of respect for the fallen dignitary,” the MHA said. “On the day of mourning in India, the National Flag shall be flown at half-mast on all buildings where the National Flag is displayed.”
UAE President, who had been in office since 2004, died at the age of 73 after a long illness. President Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief on the passing of the UAE President. “We will always remember his contribution to our bilateral relations and welfare of the Indian community in UAE. My condolences to His Highness’ family, the Govt & the people of the UAE in this hour of grief,” the President said in a tweet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid respect to the leader, calling him a great statesman and visionary leader under whom India-UAE relations prospered. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed condolences to the family of the UAE President and to the people of the country. Sheikh Khalifa Al Nahyan served as the president of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi since November 2004. Born in 1948, Sheikh Khalifa was the second President of the UAE and the 16th Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
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