UAE leaders send best wishes to Pope Francis after surgery

The pontiff has 'responded well' since having the operation

The 84-year-old was admitted to hospital on Sunday. Vatican Media / AFP

The President, Sheikh Khalifa, has sent his best wishes to Pope Francis after the pontiff's successful surgery.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, also sent similar messages, state news agency Wam reported on Wednesday.

The 84-year-old pontiff was admitted to hospital on Sunday for the first time since he was elected to the papacy in 2013.

The Vatican said Pope Francis was doing well after undergoing intestinal surgery, which officials said had been scheduled and not prompted by an emergency.

Pope Francis visited the UAE in 2019. It was the first ever visit by a pontiff to the UAE and it included an open air mass at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City Stadium. Around 150,000 people from 100 different countries attended.

Updated: July 07, 2021, 12:58 PM