Press Releases

    SG/SM/9577
    4 November 2004

    Secretary-General Saddened by Death of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan

    NEW YORK, 3 November (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General learned with profound sadness yesterday of the death of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

    Sheikh Zayed al-Nahayan was a most distinguished statesman, who had led the UAE since its formation in 1971. He devoted tireless efforts to building the State and nation, and in so doing, earned the respect of the population for his wisdom, his generosity, and his achievements in constructing a prosperous economy.

    Sheikh Zayed’s wisdom, strong belief in diplomacy and generous assistance to developing countries also won him wide renown outside his own country -- in the Islamic world and even further afield.  And he was a friend of the United Nations, who sought always to strengthen relations between the Organization and his country.

    The Secretary-General wishes to convey his deep condolences to the family of the late President, and to the Government and people of the United Arab Emirates.

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