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UAE embassies receive condolences

posted on 08/01/2006: 2003 views



UAE embassies from various parts of the world continue to receive condolers, who throng the embassies to offer their condolences on the death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.



In Madrid, a Muslim prayer for the dead was offered yesterday at the Madrid Islamic Centre for the soul of the late Sheikh Maktoum.



UAE Ambassador to Spain, Sultan Mohammed Al Qirtasi, joined a large number of Muslims, including members of the diplomatic corps from Arab and Muslim countries to offer the prayer.



The condolers later signed the book of condolences at the embassy.



In Kabul, the Charge d'Affaires at the UAE Embassy, Ahmed Mohammed Bu-shwaireb, received a large number of condolers, including senior Afghan officials and statesmen, who visited the UAE Embassy for the third consecutive day to sign the book of condolences. They paid rich tribute to the late Sheikh Maktoum and prayed to God to grant his soul perfect peace.



In Bangkok, a number of senior officials visited the UAE Embassy for the third consecutive day to pay condolences on the death of Sheikh Maktoum. They include Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Surakiyat Sakiratai, who, on behalf of the Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, offered the condolences of the Government of Thailand on the death of Sheikh Maktoum.



Also present among the officials was the Deputy Foreign Minister of Thailand, Preecha Laohapongchana, to offer the condolences of his ministry and the people of Thailand to the UAE government and people.



In Jakarta, the UAE embassy received today, for the third consecutive day, a number of people who came to offer condolences on the death of Sheikh Maktoum. The include officials of the Indonesian Government, ambassadors of a number of friendly countries and a number of Muslim scholars.



Local dailies paid rich tribute to the late UAE leader.



They also highlighted the noble UAE stance and support for Indonesia during natural disasters that hit the country.



In Tokyo, UAE Ambassador, Saeed Ali Al Nuwais, received for the third consecutive day, a number of dignitaries, including senior government officials, political party leaders and members of the diplomatic corps who came to offer their condolences on the death of Sheikh Maktoum.



They signed the book of condolences and paid rich tribute to the late UAE leader.



In Tunis, UAE Ambassador, Sultan Rashid Al Kaitoub, received Secretary of State in Charge of European Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Hatem bin Salim, who came to offer condolences on the death of Sheikh Maktoum. He also signed the book of condolences and paid rich tribute to the late UAE leader. Al Kaitoub also received a number of Tunisian officials who came to pay their condolences on the death of the UAE leader.



In Khartoum, UAE Ambassador, Isa Abdullah Al Nu'aimi, received for the third consecutive day, a large number of condolers who visited the UAE Embassy to offer condolences on the death of Sheikh Maktoum. They include Mubarak Al Fadel Al Mahdi, Chairman of the Ummah Reform Party, a number of officials and members of the diplomatic corps.



In Beirut, a number of Lebanese politicians and prominent personalities visited the UAE Embassy for the third consecutive day to pay condolences on the death of Sheikh Maktoum. They were received by UAE Ambassador, Mohammed Sultan Al Suwaidi and senior embassy officials.



Al Suwaidi also received condolences from religious cleric Mohammed Hassan Al Amin, a number of Lebanese members of parliament and senior officials.



In Damascus, Ambassador Yusuf Al Midfa'a received members of Syrian People's Assembly, foreign ambassadors, and economic and religious dignitaries. People's Assembly Speaker, Dr. Mahmoud Al Abrash paid tribute to the late Sheikh Maktoum and wished his successor, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, success in steering Dubai and the UAE to a prosperous future.



UAE Tehran Embassy continued to receive condolences for the third consecutive day. Today's condolers included the Presidential Aide for Parliamentary Affairs who conveyed to the Ambassador the condolences of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the government and people of the UAE.



Other visitors included an envoy of Hashemi-Rafsanjani , a senior Foreign Ministry official, besides political and business dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps in Tehran.



In Pretoria, Ambassador Ismael Al Ali received scores of condolers, including government officials and foreign diplomats. Senior Foreign Ministry officials and foreign diplomats paid a rich tribute to the late Sheikh Maktoum and extended their heartfelt condolences to the UAE leadership and people. A special prayer for the soul of the deceased was performed in the mosques of Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Cape Town.



The Pretoria press made an extensive coverage of the demise of Sheikh Maktoum. "Citizen" newspaper carried a full-page profile of the late Sheikh Maktoum, and highlighted his personal tributes and rich career. Prominent coverage also appeared on the daily Pretoria News, Business Day and other publications.



Condolers who called on the UAE Embassy in Moscow yesterday included Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Sultanov, and many foreign ambassadors.



In Amman, Ambassador Rahmat Hussain Al Zaabi received a delegation of the Hashemite Royal Court, headed by Mr. Salem Al Turk. Other visitors included ex-ministers, parliamentarians, and dignitaries.



In Rome, the UAE Embassy received senior government officials, diplomats, dignitaries, and Arabs staying in Rome. A presidential envoy wrote down words of sympathy on behalf of the Italian government and people.



In Algiers, Ambassador Ahmad Al Housani received another batch of condolers, including diplomats, representatives of media and civil organisations.



In Doha, condolers who called on the UAE embassy today included Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, head of the ruling Al Thani family, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ahmad Abdullah Al Mahmoud, and a number of diplomats.



The UAE embassy in Astana received the deputy foreign minister who offered condolence on behalf of the government and people of Kazakhstan. He paid a rich tribute to the late Sheikh Maktoum, describing him as an outstanding political figure "who has made a permanent impression on the memory of international relations, particularly in the relations between the UAE and Kazakhstan.



A Kazakhstan TV channel, Caspionet, run a day-long footage on the achievements of the UAE and Dubai under Sheikh Maktoum.



The UAE Embassy in Turkmenistan continued to receive condolers for the third consecutive day. Ambassador Hassan Al Adhab received members of the diplomatic corps, political leaders and businessmen.



In Islamabad too, condolers continued to flock to the UAE Embassy.



Yesterday's visitors included Pakistani political leaders and members of diplomatic missions. UAE Ambassador Ali Mohammad al-Shamsi offered his sincere thanks and gratitude to the government and the people of Pakistan for sharing the sad moments over the untimely departure of Sheikh Maktoum.



In Istanbul, UAE Consul General received Istanbul Commissioner and a number of political and business figures and diplomats. In Jeddah, UAE Consul General Mohammad Ali Al Shamsi received a delegation of the Saudi Foreign Ministry, some senior officials and members of diplomatic missions.



Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has also expressed deep grief for the demise of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Tanzanian President offered condolences to the government and people of the UAE during a visit to the UAE Embassy here.



Through his words on the condolences book at the mission, President Kikwete prayed the Almighty to rest soul of the deceased in peace and grant his family the solace and patience to bear his lost. Tanzanian prime minister and other top government officials also came to the mission to offer sympathy. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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