FILE PHOTO: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool
CAIRO - 25 July 2019: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi mourned the death of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, praising the late leader's efforts to develop and stabilize Tunisia.
The Tunisian Presidency announced the death of Essebsi on Thursday.
Sisi expressed his sincere condolences to the family of Essebsi and the Tunisian people, stressing that the "historic contribution" of the late president in Tunisia's path toward development and stability will be remembered by the history.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi welcomes President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Tunisia on Sunday, March 31, 2019- File photo
Essebsi passed away at the age of 93.
He had been admitted to a military hospital due to an emergency health problem Wednesday, said son of the president Hafez.
Essebsi was the fifth president of Tunisia since the declaration of the Republic in 1957.
He was elected as the President of Tunisia on December 21, 2014 for 5 years. However, he had announced in April 2019 that he will not run for a second term.
In June, rumors were circulated that Essebsi died, after he was moved to the military hospital for "serious illness." However, an official statement denied the news, and Essebsi could leave the hospital after few days.