Kuwait emir travels to Britain for medical tests

24th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Emir of OPEC member Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah left the Gulf state Tuesday for Britain to undergo unspecified medical tests, the official KUNA news agency reported.

The agency did not say how long Sheikh Sabah would stay in Britain nor indicate the nature of the medical tests.

In January, the oil-rich state's ruler underwent medical treatment in Kuwait after a cold turned into an infection.

The 82-year-old emir, who ascended to power in January 2006, had successful urinary tract surgery in the United States in August 2007. Five years earlier, he underwent surgery to remove his appendix.

He also had a heart pacemaker operation in February 2000.

The Kuwaiti ruler has two sons. The elder, Sheikh Nasser, is minister for the Emiri Diwan, or royal court. Sheikh Hamad chairs Kuwait Projects Co., a holding company that manages billions of dollars worth of assets in several Kuwaiti and foreign firms.

© 2011 AFP

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