Tributes, as Arab leaders join to mourn Queen Elizabeth’s death
Middle Eastern leaders have paid respect to Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96. Following the revelation that Her Majesty had been placed “under medical supervision” at her Balmoral home in Scotland, the news was made public by Buckingham Palace a few hours later. The adored British queen had strong ties to the area and made frequent official travels to the Middle East. She also fostered relations with the governing families that started in the early years of her seven-decade reign.
The president of the UAE, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, expressed his profound sympathies to the Queen Elizabeth II family and the British people. With a long reign marked by dignity, compassion, and a relentless dedication to serve her people, Her Majesty was a beloved and revered leader who was also a great friend of the UAE.
We join the world in mourning the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, a global icon who embodied the best aspects of her country and people, said HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, in a post on his social media sites. The late royal was described as a “Queen of love, wisdom, and humanity” by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, for her extraordinary career of service and duty to the United Kingdom. You will be missed by everyone.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia, who also expressed condolences, said that Her Majesty was “a model of leadership that will be immortalized in history.” The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia said, “I am saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who devoted her life in the service of her country. We remember with appreciation her efforts in strengthening the relations and friendship between our two countries as well as the high international status that Her Majesty enjoyed throughout her reign. The world still recalls Her Majesty’s immense influence during her whole reign because she was a shining example of wisdom, love, and peace.
“Jordan laments the loss of a legendary leader. For seven decades, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II served as a shining example of wise counsel and moral leadership. She was a close family friend as well as Jordan’s partner. We support the British people and government during this trying time.
“We offer our profound sympathies to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, as the world has lost a great human icon with her death.”
The late Queen was a permanent friend of the Sultanate of Oman and contributed to strengthening the close bilateral relations between the two countries, according to a “telegram of condolences” sent by HM the Sultan to His Majesty King Charles III of Britain. The Sultan has also issued orders to fly flags at half-mast in public and private sector buildings as well as at the Sultanate of Oman embassies on September 9.
The Emir underlined that “the whole world has lost with her passing a great leader who was intelligent, experienced, and far-sighted,” and he extended his heartfelt sadness and compassion on behalf of the Kuwaiti government. Flags will be flown at half-staff for three days as a mark of respect for her historical attitude, which helped shape various areas of the modern world.
The ruler ordered that flags be flown at half-staff for three days in honor of the Queen, saying that she was “a magnificent source of inspiration and strength whose wisdom and humanity will be missed by all.”
He extend his profound condolences to the Royal Family, the British Government, and the people of the United Kingdom on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled her nation for decades with great wisdom,” said the Egyptian government.
He feels deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, He offers his deepest condolences to the royal family and the people of the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth will be remembered as a great symbol of history who served with grace, dignity, and steadfastness.”