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Israeli leaders mourn passing of UAE president

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 5, 2007. (AP Photo/WAM, File)
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 5, 2007. (AP Photo/WAM, File)

Israeli leaders offer their condolences to the United Arab Emirates over the death of the Gulf state’s President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

“Sheikh Khalifa’s legacy and tremendous deeds are greatly admired in Israel,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says. “The State of Israel stands alongside the United Arab Emirates at this difficult time.”

President Isaac Herzog calls the Emirati ruler’s death “a great loss for our friends in the UAE and for the whole region.”

“Sheikh Khalifa’s bold leadership contributed so much to the advancement of the UAE and its people and to the growing partnership between our countries and is a great legacy for his successors,” said Herzog.

Israel and the UAE established diplomatic relations in 2020, the first of several US-backed normalization agreements between the Jewish state and Arab countries that year. Israeli leaders have since met several times with top Emirati officials but not the late president, who has taken a back seat since suffering a stroke in 2014.

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