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.