Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi received congratulations from several Arab leaders on Tuesday on his election as Egypt’s new president.
Former Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, who was officially declared Egypt’s president yesterday after garnering 96.91% of the vote compared to 3.09% for his sole rival leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, has received numerous cables of congratulations from across the Arab world.
“Congratulations on the precious trust given to you by the brotherly people of Egypt in facing the challenges they are experiencing, and to achieve their aspirations and ambitions in stability, development, progress, prosperity, pride and dignity,” United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed wrote in a message to Al-Sisi.
Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Bin Abdel-Aziz earlier congratulated Al-Sisi and called for a donor conference to support the Egyptian economy.
Similar congratulations were sent by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Bahraini King Hamad bin Essa, Yemeni President Abd Rabo Mansur, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said and Moroccan King Mohamed VI.
Al-Sisi received similar congratulations from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who said that Egypt “is a support for Palestine and the Arab nation”.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki also sent his congratulations to Al-Sisi and called for boosting relations between Egypt and Iraq. Jordanian King Abdullah II phoned Al-Sisi to congratulate him on his victory.
No official messages were sent from Qatar whose relationship with Egypt cooled after last year’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi who Al-Sisi replaced.