BNP on Thursday formally expressed deep shock over the death of United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
On Behalf of BNP, party standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury signed the condolence book opened at the UAE Embassy in Dhaka in memory of Sheikh Khalifa.
He also signed the condolence book on behalf of BNP chairperson Khaled Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman and paid respect in memory of the late UAE president.
Later, talking to reporters, Khosru said, “We expressed our shock over the death of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The relationship between Bangladesh and the UAE is very deep and long lasting.”
He claimed that their party founder and late President Ziaur Rahman had played an outstanding role in cementing Bangladesh’s ties with the UAE. “President Zia had laid the foundation for the relationship that developed between the two countries.”
On May 13 last, Sheikh Khalifa Bin died at the age of 73.
Khalifa came to power in 2004 in the richest emirate Abu Dhabi and became the head of state.
Abu Dhabi, which holds most of the Gulf state's oil wealth, has held the presidency since the founding of the UAE federation by Khalifa's father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, in 1971.