New Delhi: The government has announced that mourning will be observed in India on Saturday following the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Saeed Al Nahyan.
The Union Home Ministry on Friday sent notices to all states and union territories. Accordingly, the President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Saeed Al Nahyan passed away on Friday. In a bid to pay tribute to the late, the federal government has decided that a day of state mourning will be observed across the country on Saturday. On the day of mourning, the national flag will be flown at half-mast across the country. It has been reported that government programs will not take place.
Prime Minister Modi and senior political leaders have expressed condolences over the death of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Saeed Al Nahyan. Prime Minister Modi has said that he is saddened by the demise of a great politician who had the vision to promote good relations between India and the United Arab Emirates. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has said that he will always be remembered as a visionary leader who brought rapid growth to the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Khalifa, who had been ill for a long time, passed away on Friday. He is 73. He has been President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi since November 3, 2004.