Saudi crown prince in Morocco after US medical tests

A royal court statement carried by the agency said the test results were reassuring.

Saudi crown prince in Morocco after US medical tests

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz has arrived in Morocco after undergoing medical tests in the United States to which he will return, the Saudi state news agency SPA said late on Friday.

A royal court statement carried by the agency said the test results were reassuring. "His Highness will, God willing, return (to the United States) to continue treatment," it said, giving no more details.

Saudi media said on Nov. 23 the prince, thought to be 84, left for the United States for "some medical tests".

Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy with no elected parliament. It is the world's largest oil exporter and has long been an ally of the United States in the Middle East.

King Abdullah, one year older than the Crown Prince, set up an "allegiance council" of sons and grandsons of the kingdom's founder to vote on future kings and their heirs.

Prince Sultan had an intestinal cyst removed in Saudi Arabia in 2005 and he visited the Swiss city of Geneva in April 2008 for what were described as routine medical tests.

SPA said the prince, also defence minister, was met in the Moroccan resort of Agadir, where Saudi royals often vacation, by his full-brother, Interior Minister Prince Nayef, and other princes. He was accompanied from the United States by his full-brother, Prince Salman, the governor of Riyadh.

Reuters
Last Mod: 10 Ocak 2009, 14:27
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