Kuwait ruler leaves the country to complete medical treatment in US

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Amir, Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah, leaves, country, medical, treatment, United States

Kuwait - Sheikh Sabah had undergone 'successful surgical procedure' on unspecified medical condition on Sunday.

By Reuters

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Published: Thu 23 Jul 2020, 5:11 AM

Last updated: Thu 23 Jul 2020, 7:24 AM

The Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, left the country early on Thursday for the United States to complete his medical treatment, the state news agency reported.
The 91-year-old Sheikh Sabah, who has ruled Kuwait since 2006, underwent successful surgery on Sunday, his office said this week, for an unspecified condition.
"[Sheikh Sabah] will leave Kuwait at dawn...based on the advice of the medical team treating His Highness in order to complete treatment after a successful surgical procedure," said a statement from the Amir's office published by state news agency Kuna.
The Amir's designated successor Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah temporarily took over some of the ruler's constitutional duties on Saturday.
Last year, Sheikh Sabah was admitted to hospital in the United States while on an official visit there after suffering what his office described as a health setback in Kuwait in August. He returned to the Gulf Arab state in October.
In his time in power, Sheikh Sabah has pushed for diplomacy to solve regional issues and hosted major donor conferences for war-torn nations like Iraq and Syria.

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