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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 4, 2004
President's Statement on Shaykh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nahayan of the UAE
The United States mourns the passing of a great friend of our country, Shaykh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nahayan of the United Arab Emirates. Shaykh Zayid was the founder and President of the UAE for more than 30 years, a pioneer, an elder statesman, and a close ally. He and his fellow rulers of the seven Emirates built their federation into a prosperous, tolerant, and well-governed state. I offer my condolences and those of the American people to the family of Shaykh Zayid and to the government and people of the United Arab Emirates on their great loss.