Cairo - Following his exoneration from killing protesters in the uprising that forced him out of power more than six years ago, Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak expressed his wish to visit Mecca on a 'ritual pilgrimage', i.e. Hajj, seeking to find solace in spirituality and God.
According to Russia Today (RT) channel, reporting from Arab media, Mubarak has requested that Saudi authorities allow him to visit Mecca to perform Hajj this year, adding that Mubarak has contacted with Saudi officials expressing his wish to travel to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. It was also reported that Saudi officials have welcomed Mubarak's wish, pledging to provide him with all facilitations and services during his stay in the holy city of Mecca.
On the same news, Arab media reported that Saudi Arabia also offered to arrange for a private jet to carry Mubarak and his family on their trip to and from Saudi Arabia. Mubarak also preferred to cover all journey’s expenses out of his own money, according to what his two sons Alaa and Gamal have told the Saudi authorities recently.
Arab media also reported that Mubarak and his two sons have requested from the Saudi authorities to arrange for their trip, facilitate the necessary procedures, including transportation and accommodation, and to ensure that Mubarak will receive the best medical attention over the duration of their trip.
Mubarak have reportedly announced that he is leaving the hospital where he spent the last six years, in order to move in his old home next door to Egypt’s Federal Palace, which is to be soon.