Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolences to the new UAE President Mohammed on the passing of the United Arab Emirates President Khalifa due to illness on the 14th.

On behalf of the Chinese government and Chinese people and in his own name, Xi Jinping expressed deep condolences over the passing of President Khalifa, and sincere condolences to the relatives of President Khalifa and the people of the UAE.

  Xi Jinping emphasized that President Khalifa is committed to maintaining the political stability of the UAE and promoting economic and social development, and is deeply respected and loved by the UAE people.

During his lifetime, President Khalifa devoted himself to China-Afghanistan friendship and made active efforts to promote the development of China-Afghanistan relations.

His unfortunate death is a huge loss for the UAE people, and also makes the Chinese people lose a good friend.

The Chinese government and people cherish the friendship between China and Afghanistan.

It is believed that with the joint efforts of both sides, the China-Arab comprehensive strategic partnership will continue to be consolidated and developed.