Kuwaiti emir returns home after medical tests in US

Kuwait City (AFP) –


Kuwait's ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah returned home Wednesday after undergoing medical tests in the United States, according to the official KUNA news agency.

The 90-year-old was admitted to a hospital in the United States just days before he was scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump on September 12.

As a result, the meeting was postponed until a new date that is expected to be announced later, the Kuwaiti agency reported at the time.

The emir has returned home "after completing medical examinations successfully and positively," KUNA said on Wednesday.

On August 18, the agency cited a palace statement saying that the emir had "recovered from a setback and is in good health now", without elaborating.

The emir, who ascended to power in January 2006, had been seen in public the week before during Muslim prayers and appeared in good health.

Prior to the KUNA report in August there had been no word on the emir's health in official media or Kuwaiti newspapers.

Sheikh Sabah had a pacemaker implanted in 2000 and underwent successful urinary tract surgery in the United States in August 2007.