Saudi Arabia's King Salman leaves hospital after tests

Monarch, who is 88 years old, was last admitted to hospital in May 2022

King Salman during a speech at the opening session of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Riyadh in November 2020. Reuters
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Saudi King Salman left hospital after a routine check-up on Wednesday, the Royal Court said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Earlier in the day, the Royal Court said King Salman entered King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah for a routine check-up for “a few hours".

“May Allah protect the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and grant him health and wellness,” the court said.

In May 2022, the king was admitted to the same hospital and underwent a colonoscopy, and the “result was sound”.

He was also admitted to the hospital in March 2022, where he underwent several medical tests and doctors changed the batteries of his pacemaker.

In July 2020, the king had a successful operation to remove his gall bladder after inflammation.

Now aged 88, the king has been on the throne since 2015. His son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 38, was named Crown Prince in 2017.

Updated: April 24, 2024, 6:50 PM