National flag to be flown at half-mast following the passing away of UAE President

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Friday declared that the national flag would be flown at half-mast in mourning following the passing away of the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The President's Office said the Maldives would observe a three-day mourning with the national flag flown at half-mast from May 14-16, 2022.

Earlier on Friday, President Solih sent messages of condolences to the Acting President of the UAE and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. In his message, the President said he was deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa. He also stated that the government and the people of the Maldives extend their deepest condolences to the royal family, the government, and the people of the UAE.

The message went on to say that His Highness Sheikh Khalifa was a close ally and friend to the Maldives and a visionary leader who made important strides to take the UAE to great heights of progress and prosperity.

The UAE President died on Friday at the age of 73 after a long illness.