x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

King Abdullah recuperating after operation

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is in good health and was walking shortly after undergoing an operation last week.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is in good health and was walking shortly after undergoing an operation last week, the Interior Minister, Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, said in newspaper reports on Sunday.

Prince Nayef, the king's half-brother considered second in line to the throne, said the 86-year-old king was walking "outside" his New York city hospital on his own feet after his operation Wednesday for a herniated disc, the reports said.

The prince gave no indication of whether the king had been discharged from New York Presbyterian Hospital, nor when he would be returning to the Middle East oil powerhouse he has ruled for five years.

King Abdullah left Riyadh on Monday for the operation.