“We would like to thank everyone, particularly Mr. Erdogan, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and his father [Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani], the Malaysian government and former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki,” Abdullah Morsi told Al Jazeera on Sunday.
Morsi, the first democratically-elected President of Egypt passed away last Monday after he collapsed in a courtroom in Cairo. The former leader had been locked up since 2013 following his removal by his then minister of defense and current President Fattah al-Sisi.
Qatar’s Emir and Turkey’s President were among the world leaders to have openly shared in the sorrow of the Morsi family. Funeral prayers in absentia for Morsi were held in several parts of the world including in Qatar and Turkey.
“No such event has ever been witnessed in history. Never have millions of people performed funeral prayers in absentia for anyone,” Abdullah Morsi said.
Egyptian authorities refused to organize an official state funeral for the 67-year old man. They buried the former leader in Cairo behind closed doors under high security protection.