Saudi King Abdullah to visit Egypt on Friday for first time since 2011

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz.

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz.

Saudi King Abdullah will visit Egypt on Friday for the first time since the 2011, in a show of support for newly-elected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi,

The visit will be Abdullah’s first since the 2011

The first world leader to congratulate el-Sissi after winning last month’s election was King Abdullah,

The monarch declared that the turmoil sparked by the Arab Spring should now come to a close.

“The brotherly Egyptian people have suffered during the past period of chaos. The short-sighted called it ‘creative chaos,'” the king said in a letter published by the Saudi state news agency.

He called for a donors conference to help Egypt “get out of the tunnel,” referring to its wrecked economy.