'Friends of Egypt': King Abdullah calls Sisi to pledge economic support
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah telephoned newly elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi on Friday to pledge the Kingdom’s support for the country’s economic development.
El-Sissi thanked King Abdullah for assisting Egypt and congratulating him on winning the elections.
“This is the Kingdom’s duty based on our religion, ethics and the joint destiny of the two countries,” said the king, who is vacationing in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.
King Abdullah and El-Sissi also reviewed relations between the two countries.
On Tuesday, King Abdullah called for a “Friends of Egypt” conference, which would raise funds for the country to weather its current economic crisis.
Egyptian ministers described the initiative as a revival of the spirit of Arab solidarity.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, the Egyptian ministers welcomed the king’s congratulatory message and said the idea of a donor conference reinforces the fact that all Arab nations have a responsibility and shared interest in ensuring Egypt’s security and stability.
Egypt’s Trade, Industry and Investment Minister Mounir Fakhri Abdel-Nour thanked King Abdullah for his support on behalf of the government and the nation’s people.