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Saudi foreign minister leaves hospital after surgery - court

  • Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal attends an emergency meeting with Arab League foreign ministers, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, to discuss the political situation in Syria on April 26, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI)

ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal left hospital on Thursday after having an operation, the royal court said.

The 72-year-old prince, a son of the late King Faisal and a nephew of King Abdullah, was appointed in March 1975 and is the world's longest-serving foreign minister.

"His Royal Highness Prince Saud al-Faisal left hopsital on Thursday after completing the necessary treatment period and he will spend some time recovering," a brief statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency said.

The agency said on Aug. 11 the prince had had minor surgery to remove an intestinal obstruction caused by a previous operation.

A Saudi dissident group in the United States two weeks later said Prince Saud, who suffers from a chronic back complaint, was critically ill.

But the royal court dismissed the report later that day and said he would be released soon.

 
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