Herzog, ministers meet new UAE leader during condolence visit to Abu Dhabi

New UAE president meets Macron as leaders flock for funeral; Herzog ready to leave for the United Arab Emirates

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The new President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, speaks today with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron as world leaders visit the oil-rich Gulf state to pay tribute to his late predecessor.

Macron, on his first trip abroad since the start of his second term last week, expressed his condolences to the leader nicknamed MBZ following the death of his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa on Friday after a long illness.

Macron, the first Western leader to pay tribute to him, will be followed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Israeli President Isaac Herzog and the King of Spain, among a long list of dignitaries.

The UAE began to wield increased influence in the Middle East and beyond due to its wealth, oil resources and strategic location.

MBZ has quietly ruled the country since 2014 when Sheikh Khalifa, his 73-year-old half-brother, was sidelined by a stroke. The cause of his death has not been announced.

Today, the Emir of Qatar, the King of Bahrain and the presidents of the Palestinian Authority, Germany and Indonesia are among more than 20 senior officials expected.

Herzog, who is due to leave soon, will be joined by Regional Cooperation Minister Esawi Frej and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel. The president is expected to meet his new counterpart from the United Arab Emirates during his stay.

Before leaving, Herzog says he will offer his condolences on behalf of Israel to MBZ for the death of his half-brother and congratulate him on his appointment as president.

“In a global reality of wars, interests and conflicts, friendship really has a great value, and it is measured also, and perhaps in particular, in times of grief and pain, he says. , according to a statement from his office. “The partnership between our countries is an asset for us and for the whole region, and it was built and is still being built by bold and innovative leaders, of which the late Sheikh Khalifa was one.”

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