Kuwait’s 91-year-old emir to travel to US for medical treatment

Gulf state did not reveal the nature of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah’s illness, or what treatment was planned

By MEE and agencies |

Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah has had multiple medical procedures over the past two decades (AFP/File photo)

Kuwait’s 91-year-old ruler will travel to the United States on Thursday to seek further medical care after recently undergoing surgery, state news agency Kuna has reported.

Quoting a statement from the country’s royal court, Kuna reported that Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah would travel “based on advice from the medical team treating His Highness… after a successful surgical procedure”.

The report did not elaborate on the emir’s condition, nor the nature of the surgery and ensuing treatment.

Sheikh Sabah was hospitalised on Saturday, sparking speculation over the health of the Kuwaiti leader. The palace, however, said he was in “good health” at the time.

Kuwait had previously announced that the emir’s half-brother, 83-year-old Crown Prince Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, had temporarily assumed some of Sheikh Sabah’s powers.

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