As world leaders pay their respects, the new UAE president meets Macron.

World leaders from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Tunisia, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Tunisia, and India congratulate Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan . Macron expressed his condolences to Sheikh Mohamed following the death of his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa .

ABHU DHABI: As world leaders streamed into Abu Dhabi on Sunday to pay tribute to his predecessor, UAE's new president Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.Macron, who was re-elected this month, expressed his condolences to Sheikh Mohamed following the death of his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa, who died on Friday after a long illness.On Sunday and Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US Vice President Kamala Harris, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Israeli President Isaac Herzog are all due to arrive in Abu Dhabi, the UAE's oil-rich capital.Sheikh Mohamed, the UAE's long-serving de facto ruler during Sheikh Khalifa's sickness, was appointed to lead the desert state by a majority vote of the country's seven emirates on Saturday.

The cause of his death has not been announced.On Saturday, a long line of dignitaries included Presidents and monarchs from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Tunisia, as well as Sudan's de facto leader.Close ally Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's de facto leader, congratulated the new president and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his dynamic and visionary leadership, according to his tweet.In recent months, both Macron and Johnson have made their second visit to Abu Dhabi.

During Macron's previous visit to the UAE, the UAE signed a 14-billion-euro deal for 80 Rafale warplanes.The UAE relations with the US have deteriorated under President Joe Biden, with the two sides clashing over Abu Dhabi's close links with Russia and Washington's reopening of nuclear talks with Iran, which have long been accused by Gulf states of creating regional instability.The wealthy UAE has emerged as a leader of a reformed Middle East, forging links with Israel and joining a Saudi-led war against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.