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GCC chief congratulates Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed

RIYADH, May 14 (KUNA) -- GCC Secretary-General Nayef Al-Hajraf on Saturday congratulated Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan as he was named the UAE president.
In a press statement, Al-Hajraf voiced confidence that the UAE's march would go on steadily and strongly amid the smooth power transition and consensus on the election of Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed as an "inspirational leader for a bright future".
He added that while ushering in a fresh landmark stage led by Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed, the UAE would certainly complete its pioneering role and bolster its accomplishments, and look forward to future so confidently and firmly as a development model that gains the world's respect and admiration.
The GCC chief highly commended the great backing of the UAE president, together with other GCC leaders, for the Gulf bloc with a view to attaining its goals and shoring up Gulf integration.
Earlier on Saturday, the UAE Higher Federal Council unanimously elected Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan as president of the United Arab Emirates. (end) mdm.mt