Kamala Harris to lead US delegation to UAE following death of Emirati president

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(CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris volition marque a travel to the United Arab Emirates connected Monday, starring a statesmanlike delegation to explicit in-person condolences connected the decease of the country's president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Harris volition besides conscionable with the caller president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, portion successful the Emirati superior of Abu Dhabi, according to a connection from Harris' property secretary, Kirsten Allen.

"In summation to honoring the representation and the bequest of Sheikh Khalifa, the Vice President volition underscore the spot of the concern betwixt our countries and our tendency to further deepen our ties successful the coming months and years," Allen said Saturday.

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    Both President Joe Biden and Harris offered their condolences precocious connected Sheikh Khalifa's death. Biden called the precocious UAE person "a existent spouse and person of the United States."

      In a connection congratulating Sheikh Mohammed connected his predetermination arsenic UAE president, Biden said that "the United States is determined to grant the representation of the precocious president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan by continuing to fortify the strategical concern betwixt our countries implicit the coming months and years."

        Sheikh Khalifa, whose modernization policies helped alteration his state into a determination powerhouse, died connected Friday astatine the property of 73.

        Sheikh Mohammed, his brother, was unanimously elected president by the country's Federal Supreme Council, the UAE's authoritative quality bureau (WAM) said. Sheikh Mohamed had been wide seen arsenic the de facto person of the UAE, handling day-to-day affairs for the Gulf state, portion Sheikh Khalifa's relation had been mostly ceremonial since helium suffered a changeable and underwent country successful 2014.

          CNN's Celine Alkhaldi and Mostafa Salem contributed to this report.

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