Did you know Canadian PM Justin Trudeau once met Sheikh Zayed?
How cool is this…
2018 has been declared the Year of Zayed, marking 100 years since the birth of the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan.
It’s been described as an occasion to share memories of the man – and some amazing gems are already emerging from the archives.
Dr Zaki Nusseibeh, who was Sheikh Zayed’s chief interpreter, recently shared a photo of the late leader shaking the hand of none other than a young Justin Trudeau.
ذاكرة الوطن. رئيس وزراء كندا الحالي جوستين ترودو يصافح الشيخ زايد و هو طفل يرافق والده رئيس الوزراء آنذاك بيير ترودو العام ١٩٨٣ pic.twitter.com/8yEFgBGT2m
— Zaki Nusseibeh (@Zakinus) October 17, 2017
According to Dr Nusseibeh, the photo was taken in 1983, when the future Prime Minister of Canada was just 11 years old.
Apparently, he was accompanying his father – Pierre Trudeau, who was Canada’s PM at the time – on a state visit to the UAE.
In a nice case of history repeating itself, last year Sheikh Zayed’s son, Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, paid Trudeau a visit in Canada.
H/T: The National