Kuwait emir in hospital

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Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber

KUWAIT — Kuwait's elderly ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber, was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for medical checks after suffering from a cold, the state news agency KUNA reported.

It cited the Emiri Court Affairs Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad as saying that the 88-year-old Sheikh Sabah would undergo "a normal medical checkup after going through a cold."

The agency gave no further details.

A veteran diplomat, Sheikh Sabah has been recently led mediation efforts to heal a bitter rift between some Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, and Qatar over allegations that Doha supported terrorism, a charge Qatar denies.

Born in Kuwait on June 16, 1929, Sheikh Sabah is known as the "dean of Arab diplomacy" for his work as foreign minister to restore relations with Arab states which backed Baghdad during the 1990-91 Gulf War, when Kuwait was occupied by Iraqi forces.

He was nominated ruler of the key US regional ally and OPEC oil exporter in 2006, after Emir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad died and his successor, Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah, was appointed only to be unanimously voted out of office by parliament due to illness. — Reuters


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