Saudi King Salman in hospital for gallbladder inflammation

Source: AFP | Published on 21st July 2020, 6:12 AM | Gulf News |

SAUDI ARABIA: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, was admitted to hospital in Riyadh on Monday for gallbladder inflammation, the royal court said, prompting the postponement of the Iraqi prime minister’s high-profile visit.

A Saudi royal court statement said King Salman was “admitted to King Faisal specialist hospital in Riyadh for some medical tests due to cholecystitis”, inflammation of the gallbladder.

The statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency did not disclose any further details.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhemi’s scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia, which was due to start on Monday, has been postponed after King Salman’s hospitalisation, according to the Saudi foreign minister.

“In recognition of the extremely important visit and a desire to make it a success, our wise leadership in coordination with our brothers in Iraq have decided to postpone the visit” until the king leaves hospital, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan wrote on Twitter.

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