Kuwaiti emir hospitalised, unable to visit Trump

That came after visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter that he was "praying for emir's speedy recovery," without elaborating.
Monday 09/09/2019
In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. (AP)
In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. (AP)

Kuwait's 90-year-old ruling emir has cancelled a visit Thursday with President Donald Trump at the White House after being admitted to a US hospital following an earlier health scare last month.

Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah will undergo unspecified tests during his hospitalisation, the state-run KUNA news agency reported late Sunday. It did not elaborate.

It quoted Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al Sabah, the minister of the emir's diwan council, as saying Sheikh Sabah would reschedule his visit with Trump.

"Sheikh Ali prayed to Allah the Almighty to bestow His Highness the Emir with good health," KUNA said.

On Aug. 18, Kuwait acknowledged the emir suffered unspecified medical problems.

That came after visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter that he was "praying for emir's speedy recovery," without elaborating.

Sheikh Sabah has ruled Kuwait since January 2006. A longtime diplomat, he pushed for diplomacy to solve regional issues, such as the ongoing boycott of Qatar by four Arab nations, and hosted major donor conferences for war-torn nations like Iraq and Syria.

(AP)