Sheikh Khalifa successor: Who is in charge of United Arab Emirates?

US President Joe Biden paid tribute to Sheikh Khalifa following the news of his death, declaring that he “was a true partner and friend of the United States”.

He said: “We will honour his memory by continuing to strengthen the longstanding ties between the governments and people of the United States and the United Arab Emirates.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi.”

The news of Sheikh Khalifa’s death was announced by the official WAM news agency.