In the first such visit by an Arab or foreign ruler since he stepped down on February 11, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met earlier this week Bahrain's King Hamad bin Issa, reports said on Friday. The rare meeting took place in Mubarak's suite at the World Medical Center.
The visit lasted half an hour, during which Mubarak was crying. Their previous meeting was held a year ago. In that meeting, Mubarak voiced Egypt's supports to Bahrain's stability, independence and sovereignty.
According to an Egyptian newspaper, King Hamad bin Isa, has obtained an official permission to visit Mubarak. It is now expected that this visit will be followed by visits of a number of princes from the Gulf region. It is believed that in recent times, Mubarak's wife has stepped up her contacts with a number of princes, kings and heads of state, to notify them about his deteriorating health conditions. Following the visit, the Bahraini leader decided to participate in the costs of treating Mubarak. He also expressed his readiness to fund the arrival of the German doctors who operated Mubarak last year.