In pics: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan with world leaders
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In pics: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan with world leaders

In pics: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan with world leaders

Sheikh Khalifa became President of the UAE in 2004 after the passing away of Sheikh Zayed

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan

UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, passed away on Friday, May 13.

Sheikh Khalifa was born in Al Muwaiji Fort, Al Ain, in 1948. When the UAE was founded in 1971, Sheikh Khalifa assumed the position of Deputy Prime Minister in the first federal cabinet.

When Sheikh Zayed passed away on November 2, 2004, Sheikh Khalifa succeeded him as ruler of the emirate. Soon after, the Federal Supreme Council elected him President of the UAE for a term of five years and, in 2009, he was re-elected.

Sheikh Khalifa was a distinguished statesman who met with several world leaders over the past few years.

During his tenure, he also advocated strong international bilateral ties, and last year, made a historic visit to the UK to meet with state leaders.

Below are a few images of him with several world leaders.

Queen Elizabeth II (l) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R), with UAE President Sheikh Khalifa in Windsor Castle on April 30, 2013 (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II (l) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R), with UAE President Sheikh Khalifa in Windsor Castle on April 30, 2013 (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

 

French president Jacques Chirac (L) welcomes the Sheikh Khalifa on July 21, 2006 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP via Getty Images)
French president Jacques Chirac (L) welcomes the Sheikh Khalifa on July 21, 2006 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP via Getty Images)

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with Sheikh Khalifa and is honoured with the Sheikk Zayed medal on May 25, 2010 in Abu Dhabi (Photo by Guido Bergmann-Pool/Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with Sheikh Khalifa and is honoured with the Sheikk Zayed medal on May 25, 2010 in Abu Dhabi (Photo by Guido Bergmann-Pool/Getty Images)

 

US President George W. Bush meets with the Sheikh Khalifa upon Bush's arrival in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush meets with the Sheikh Khalifa upon Bush’s arrival in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) meets with Sheikh Khalifa on May 2, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, (Photo by Omar Rashidi/PPO via Getty Images)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) meets with Sheikh Khalifa on May 2, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, (Photo by Omar Rashidi/PPO via Getty Images)

 

British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) meets with Sheikh Khalifa on December 19, 2006 in Abu Dhabi (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) meets with Sheikh Khalifa on December 19, 2006 in Abu Dhabi (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

 

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) welcomes Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf upon his arrival to Abu Dhabi June 04, 2005. (Photo credit should read WAM/AFP via Getty Images)
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) welcomes Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf upon his arrival to Abu Dhabi June 04, 2005. (Photo credit should read WAM/AFP via Getty Images)

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