Egypt is ‘stable,’ head of army tells Saudi king

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah tells Egypt's military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that events in Egypt call for "wisdom and caution." (Al Arabiya)

Egypt’s armed forces chief told Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Friday that the situation in Egypt was “stable,” the Saudi state news agency said, as Islamists demonstrated across the country against the military’s overthrow of President Mohammed Mursi.

King Abdullah was one of the first regional leaders to congratulate the head of the Egyptian Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, on his appointment as interim head of state after the armed forces deposed Mursi on Wednesday.

In Friday’s phone call, armed forces commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi informed the king of the latest developments and “reassured him of the stability of the situation,” SPA said.

King Abdullah told Sisi the events in Egypt called for “wisdom and caution,” the news agency said.

Most Gulf Arab states have been deeply rattled by the rise of Islamists in the Middle East and have watched with relief as the Egyptian army stepped in to end Muslim Brotherhood rule.

Last Update: 06:41 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41