Sisi on death of King Abdullah: ‘Humanity has lost a great man'

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) arrives to offer condolences after the death of Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh January 24, 2015. (Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi on Saturday offered his condolences for the death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and said in a televised speech broadcast by Egyptian state television that “humanity has lost a loyal, honest and great man.”

Sisi added that Arabs and Muslims, as well as the entire world, have lost a “wise man whose stances were noble and honorable.” He also expressed his well wishes for new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, adding that King Salman can “continue the journey of the kingdom's path.”

The Egyptian president, accompanied by a delegation which included a number of ministers and al-Azhar clerics, arrived to Riyadh on Saturday to pay respects.

Sisi, who has now departed Riyadh for Egypt, met king Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz and Prince Mohammad bin Nayef who was appointed second-in-line to the throne and offered Egypt's condolences to them, adding that Egypt is confident that King Salman will resume Saudi Arabia's path towards the future in a manner that serves Arab and Muslim nations.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46