“President” al-Sisi performs Umrah during state visit to Saudi Arabia

A picture released by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi performing Umrah.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi performed Umrah while on an official state visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this week.

Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah that can be made at any time of the year.

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi at his palace in Jeddah on Sunday evening, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi performing Umrah in the holy Saudi city of Makkah on August 11, 2014.

The two heads of state discussed both regional and international issues, as well as the Gaza conflict. They also discussed ways to boost bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries.

During their meeting, the Saudi king presented Sisi with the King Abdulaziz Necklace, the highest and most prestigious medal in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia supported the removal of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi by a military coup led by al-Sisi in July 2013.

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King Abdullah also provided financial aid to the Egyptian regime and supported its brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

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