The election of a new president was really just a formality, as Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan had been the country’s real leader for many years.
Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), died 73 weeks after a long illness last week. He has held office since 2004, but has rarely appeared in public and left state affairs more or less to his cousin Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who has now officially succeeded him.
In fact, for many years, bin Zayed has been a leading political force in the country, taking significant steps towards modernization and applying entirely new approaches to foreign policy to establish the country as an important regional power. One of the highlights of his foreign policy is undoubtedly the historical rapprochement with Israel, which led to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and was included in the so-called Abrahamic Agreement in 2020.
Of course, the agreement also has a very positive effect economic relations between the two countries. At the political level, Israel and the Emirates jointly reject the mullah regime in Iran, whose military presence in Syria and Yemen and its continued support for various terrorist organizations are making both sides increasingly nervous.
Mohammed bin Zayed has also had such a relationship with Saudi Arabia over the past few years. a stable relationship has been established. The new president has maintained friendly relations with Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia, for many years. Both politicians share a common military commitment in Yemen, even if there are repeated conflicts over them for different purposes.