An Emirati academic comments on the participation of the Iranian foreign minister in the condolences of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Emirati academic Abdul Khaliq Abdullah commented Monday on Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdollahian’s participation in the condolences of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, president of the Emirates, who died on Friday. .

Abdullah said, through his Twitter account: “Thanks to the Foreign Minister of Iran, who came to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the condolences of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, may God have mercy on him, and the first thing was for the president of Iran. to come and offer his condolences.”

He added: “Iran missed the opportunity to support the path of regional reconciliation, perhaps it is a continuation of Iranian arrogance towards the Arab Gulf states, which we feel and know closely.”

For his part, the Iranian foreign minister said, through his Twitter account: “Opening a new page in the relations of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United Arab Emirates, we strongly strengthen the hand of our neighbors, the strength of ties. with neighbors defrauds the enemies of the region”.

World leaders flock to the Emirati capital to offer condolences to Emirati leaders on the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.

They were greeted by former Abu Dhabi crown prince and new Emirati president Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, who was appointed commander on Saturday, a day after Sheikh Khalifa’s death.

French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country and the United Arab Emirates have significant military and economic ties, was the first European leader to arrive in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, and an Elysee statement said he congratulated Sheikh Mohammed on his appointment and discussed global affairs. , including Ukraine.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who visited Abu Dhabi on Saturday, tweeted: “I congratulate His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his appointment as President of the United Arab Emirates during my visit to offer condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa. The United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates will continue to work closely together for the security and prosperity of our peoples.”

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