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World leaders descend on UAE to pay respects to late ruler

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (AP) – An array of presidents and prime ministers continued to descend on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday from around the world to pay their respects to the federation’s late ruler. They also came to meet his successor, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan – a vivid sign of Abu Dhabi’s influence in Western and Arab capitals.

The first Western leader to jet to the oil-rich emirate was French President Emmanuel Macron.

He met yesterday with Sheikh Mohammed to pay tribute to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the long-ailing ruler who died on Friday at the age of 73 after years presiding over the country’s rapid transformation into a global business hub and regional power centre.

More details on Monday’s Borneo Bulletin

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