As a show of goodwill, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit the UAE on Sunday to express India’s condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) said.
Gulf state president Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan died Friday after years of battling illness.
“Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit the UAE on May 15 to offer his condolences on behalf of the Government of India to the UAE leadership on the sad passing of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi,” the MEA said in a statement.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed their condolences on Friday on the death of Sheikh Khalifa.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar visited the UAE embassy in New Delhi on Saturday to convey India’s condolences.
“We have signed the register of condolences at the United Arab Emirates Embassy and extend our deepest condolences on the passing of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE,” Jaishankar tweeted.
India celebrated a day of national mourning on Saturday as a sign of respect for Sheikh Khalifa.
“Under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ties between India and the UAE flourished immensely to the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries. He took extremely good care of the large Indian community in the UAE, who held him in high esteem standing,” the MEA said.
It said the two countries will continue their historic and comprehensive strategic relationship in new and diverse areas.