Abu Dhabi (The Times Groupe)- The UAE’s new president met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron while other global leaders continue to arrive in Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to his late brother, the former ruler. sheikh
Emmanuel Macron, who was re-elected this month, expressed his condolences to Sheikh Mohammed following the death of his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa, who passed away on Friday after a long illness.
Several Arab leaders, including Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, paid their respects on Saturday. Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, whose father Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (King of Saudi Arabia) entered hospital a week ago, sent a delegation.
Israeli president Isaac Herzog was also scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Joe Biden, whose administration has had strained ties with the UAE and Saudi Arabia, will be represented by Vice President Kamila Harris, who is scheduled to visit on Monday.
On Saturday, the UAE’s seven emirates unanimously chose the UAE’s longtime de facto ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, to lead the desert state in Sheikh Khalifa’s absence.
In 2014, he took a leading role after Sheikh Khalifa retreated from public view after having surgery for a stroke. No cause of death was given.
Macron and Johnson are both visiting Abu Dhabi for the second time in recent months. After Russia’s war in Ukraine sent markets into turmoil, Johnson’s March visit to the UAE and Saudi Arabia failed to persuade them to pump more oil.
In Biden’s administration, UAE relations with the United States have deteriorated due to Abu Dhabi’s close ties with Russia and Washington’s reopening of nuclear talks with Iran, long accused by Gulf states of causing regional turmoil.
The wealthy Arab nation has emerged as a leader of a reshaped Middle East, forging ties with Israel and joining a Saudi-led war against Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen.