India announced one day of state mourning on May 14 following the demise of United Arab Emirates’ President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
According to a communication issued by the Union Home Ministry to all states and union territories on May 13, as a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Government of India has decided that there will be one day's state mourning on May 14 throughout the country.
On the day of mourning, the national flag will be flown at half-mast on all buildings where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment, the communication said.
UAE president Sheikh Khalifa, who was ailing for a long time, passed away on Friday at the age of 73.
He was the eldest son of the UAE's founder President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He served as the President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi from November 3, 2004.
He was elected to succeed his father who served as the UAE's first president from 1971 until he passed away on November 2, 2004.External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said Sheikh Khalifa laid the foundation for the India-UAE relationship. "We deeply mourn the passing away of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE," Jaishankar said on Twitter. "He will be remembered as a leader who modernized and empowered the United Arab Emirates. This laid the foundation of the transformation of the India-UAE relationship," he added.