Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 16 October 2019

Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad leaves hospital after successful checkups

Sheikh Sabah was admitted to a US hospital after postponing meeting with US president for medical reasons

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad receives Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in Kuwait City on September 1, 2019, weeks after his recovery from health problems. AFP / KUNA
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad receives Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in Kuwait City on September 1, 2019, weeks after his recovery from health problems. AFP / KUNA

The emir of Kuwaiti, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad, was discharged from a US hospital on Thursday evening after having successful checkups

The Kuwait News Agency on Friday quoted Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al Sabah, minister of emir diwan affairs, as saying that the checkups showed reassuring results.

Concerns about the health of were raised after

Kuna reported reported in August that Sheikh Sabah, 90, had suffered a medical "setback but had recovered. He subsequently appeared in public on August 26, when he received senior state officials at the Bayan Palace.

However, on September 8, Kuna said the Kuwaiti emir had to postpone a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House due to medical reasons.

Sheikh Sabah was “undergoing medical exams at a US hospital”, the state news agency said, without naming the medical centre or giving any other details on his health.

The news prompted wishes for a speedy recovery from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, who described the Kuwaiti emir as "a man we love and who loves us, the emir of humanitarianism".

Sheikh Mohammed also tweeted a video showing Sheikh Sabah speaking at the launch of Kuwait TV in Dubai 50 years ago.

Sheikh Sabah has ruled Kuwait since January 2006 and is known in the Middle East as a mediator of regional disputes. He has pushed for diplomacy to resolve issues such as the ongoing boycott of Qatar by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, and hosted global donor conferences for war-torn nations like Iraq and Syria.

Updated: September 13, 2019 01:32 PM

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