Saudi king due in Egypt today in first visit since Mubarak era
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is expected in Egypt today for the first time since the 2011 uprising that ousted former dictator Hosni Mubarak, according to the Associated Press Thursday.
Officials told AP on the condition of anonymity that the King is expected to meet with the newly-elected Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, in what is supposed to represent Riyadh's support for the new leadership in Cairo.
Saudi Arabia has previously sent billions of dollars in aid to Cairo after the overthrow of the former president Mohammed Morsi was overthrown last summer. Like Cairo, Riyadh has declared Morsi' Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. King Abdullah was also the first world leader to congratulate Sisi on his presidential win last month.
The 90-year-old monarch has also called on world leaders to participate in a donors conference to "[help Egypt] get out of the tunnel" in reference to its ailing economy, according to the AP report.