CAIRO: Egypt has mourned with deep sadness and sorrow the death of the Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, and the presidency announced through the state television a seven-day mourning.
In the early hours of Friday, death of King Abdullah was declared by Saudi television with verses from the Quran signaling sadness to the death of the 90-year old ruler.
Following the announcement, King Abdullah’s half brother, Prince Salman was declared as the new king for Saudi Arabia.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who paid a short visit on Monday to Saudi Arabia to check on the ailing King Abdullah, has expressed his deep sadness in his name and the Egyptians’, according to a statement by the Presidency.
“The Egyptian people will not forget the historical stances of King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz toward Egypt and its people, which reflected wisdom and deep belief of the necessity of Arab solidarity and concerted efforts between the people of the two Arab and Muslim nations to contribute,” read the statement.
Egypt’s ambassador to Jeddah said in a phone call to Nile News TV Channel that Egypt will officially participate in the funeral at Saudi Arabia; however, there were no verified information whether Sisi will lead the Egyptian delegation.
The Ministry of Endowment has also mourned the king’s death and announced a prayer of absentee for him at all Egyptian mosques after Friday prayer.
Several Egyptian political parties have also offered their condolences to the royal family reciting his supporting stances to Egypt and the whole Arab nation.
Ayman Abu el-Ela, member of Free Egyptians party said that King Abdullah was the first to stand by Egyptian people in the wake of June 30 events, Youm7 reported.