Image Credit: Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Abu Dhabi: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to convey his condolences on the passing of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.

Image Credit: Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Erdogan, on his arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, was received by the President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

President Erdogan and Turkish officials concluded their visit and left Abu Dhabi after extending their condolences.

Sheikh Mohamed earlier today also accepted the condolences of Sadyr Japarov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic; and Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

The State guests recalled the virtues of the late president, and expressed their sincere condolences to the Al Nahyan family and to the people of the Emirates, asking the Almighty to dwell late UAE leader in His vast Gardens.

Accepting the condolences along with Sheikh Mohamed were a number of sheikhs, ministers, and state officials.

The world leaders and their accompanying delegations also congratulated Sheikh Mohamed on his election as President of the UAE, stressing that His Highness deserves this precious trust and its responsibility, as he, they affirmed, has drawn from the wisdom of the Founding Leader, the late Sheikh Zayed, and from the late Sheikh Khalifa.

For his part, Sheikh Mohamed expressed his thanks and appreciation for their sincere brotherly feelings towards the UAE and its people. He also thanked them for congratulating him and his election as the new President of UAE, wishing them continued health and success in leading their nations to further progress.

Sheikh Mohamed also accepted the condolences of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea; Greece's Deputy Prime Minister Panagiotis Pekraminos; Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand; and Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development of Canada.