Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
New York, New York
May 20, 2022
Thank you, Mr. President.
Mr. Secretary-General, Mr. President, Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates, Excellencies: last week, we were deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. And today, on behalf of the United States, I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and the people of the United Arab Emirates.
During Sheikh Khalifa’s rule, the UAE made important strides in empowering women and girls. And the late-President led efforts to diversify the Emirati economy through bold economic reforms that transformed the UAE into one of the most modern economies in the Middle East.
Throughout his rule, the UAE was a strong friend and partner to the United States. And under his leadership, the UAE military deployed alongside the U.S. military in Afghanistan, working hand in hand to meet a threat to international peace and security that still occupies the attention of the UN Security Council.
While we mourn his passing, I know his legacy and his commitment to partnership between our countries will carry on. And in that spirit, we look forward to working closely with President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.
To Sheikh Khalifa’s family and to all Emiratis – as you mourn this great loss, know that the United States stands with you in this difficult and sad time.
Thank you very much.