King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia discusses developments in Syria, Iraq, Gaza and Libya with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, during Sissi’s first visit to his regime’s powerful ally since winning May elections.
Sissi flew to the Red Sea city of Jeddah late on Sunday and held talks with King Abdullah before carrying out the lesser umra pilgrimage in the holy Muslim city of Mecca, the official SPA news agency reports.
“This meeting between the two countries’ leaderships is important in light of the circumstances facing Arab and Muslim nations,” SPA news agency quotes Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal as saying on the sidelines of the late Sunday mini-summit.
Faisal hopes their meeting “could help resolve the Arab world’s problems” such as the difficulties facing “Palestinians and Syrians as well as the sedition in Iraq and differences in Libya.”
SPA reported that King Abdullah discusses “ongoing efforts to end the Israeli aggression on Gaza” Strip with Sissi, whose country is hosting talks aimed at a durable end to a month-long conflict between Hamas and Israel.