His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Image Credit: WAM/Twitter

Abu Dhabi: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Friday mourned the passing of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Expressing his great sadness on the demise of Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said: "The people of the Emirates are united in grief as we mourn the loss of our leader and President, Khalifa bin Zayed. My brother and mentor, and the UAE’s first son, we were blessed by your strength, wisdom and leadership. May God have mercy on your soul and may you rest in peace.

“We belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return. The UAE today lost its loyal son and the leader of its empowerment stage and blessed journey, Sheikh Khalifa’s stances, wisdom, contribution, and initaitves are in every corner of the country…. Khalifa bin Zayed was my brother, advocate, and mentor… May Allah have mercy upon his soul and grant him the highest rank in Paradise," he said in another tweet.

In a statement issued today, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced the death of Sheikh Khalifa.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs mourns the death of the nation’s President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” the statement read.