DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Kuwait’s 91-year-old ruling emir will travel to the United States on Thursday morning to seek further medical care after recently undergoing surgery, its state-run news agency reported.
Kuwait has yet to elaborate on what required Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah to seek a previously unannounced medical treatment beginning Saturday. However, Sheikh Sabahâ€™s sudden surgery could inspire a renewed power struggle within Kuwaitâ€™s ruling family.
The state-run KUNA news agency quoted a statement from the country’s royal court saying Sheikh Sabah would leave â€œbased on advice from the medical team treating His Highness to complete his treatment after a successful surgical procedure.”
â€œWe ask the Almighty to aid his recovery and sustain His Highness, who is healthy and well taken care of, and to protect him from all harm,â€ the statement said.