SAMARKAND, 13th September, 2016 (WAM) – H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, offered today his condolences on the death of President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov.

Sheikh Saif read Al Fateh over the tomb of the late President in Samarkand city of Uzbekistan, and then laid a wreath on the mausoleum.

He expressed his heartfelt condolences and sympathies on the loss of a great statesman who had devoted his life to serving his country and leading his people towards progress and development. Sheikh Saif prayed to Allah Almighty to rest his soul in peace.

The UAE minister also conveyed the condolences of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the government and the friendly people of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Sheikh Saif arrived at the Samarkand International Airport early on Tuesday, where he was received by General Rustam Inoyatov, Head of the National Security Service (SNB) of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Uzbek officials, and Mohamed Hareb Al Mehairbi, UAE Ambassador to Uzbekistan.

The UAE minister was accompanied by Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhraibani Al Nuaimi, Secretary-General of the Office of the Minister of Interior, Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Acting Assistant Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs, Joan Owaida Suhail Al Khaili, Brig. Juma Ahmed Hamel Al Qubaisi, and a number of officers.