Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Gulf Today Report
Saudi Arabia's King Salman is in stable condition, after the 84-year-old monarch was admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh on Monday due to inflammation of the gall bladder and held a cabinet meeting on Tuesday via video call.
The king, who has ruled the world's largest oil exporter and close U.S. ally since 2015, was undergoing medical checks, state media on Monday cited a Royal Court statement as saying without further details.
Three well-connected Saudi sources who declined to be identified, two of whom were speaking late on Monday and one on Tuesday, told Reuters the king was "fine".
An official in the region, who requested anonymity, said he spoke to one of King Salman's sons on Monday who seemed "calm" and that there was no sense of panic about the monarch's health.
King Salman received phone calls from the leaders of Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan on Monday, state media reported.
A diplomatic source said the kingdom's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman flew back to Riyadh on Monday from his palace in the Red Sea city of NEOM, cancelling a planned meeting with a visiting Iraqi delegation. The diplomatic source and the third Saudi source said he was still in the capital.
King Salman last spoke publicly on March 19 in a five-minute televised address about the coronavirus pandemic. State media have published pictures and videos of the king chairing online weekly cabinet meetings. Media have also carried images of the crown prince attending those meetings online.
King Salman, the custodian of Islam's holiest sites, spent more than 2-1/2 years as the Saudi crown prince and was deputy prime minister from June 2012 before becoming king. He also served as governor of the Riyadh region for more than 50 years.
He named his young son Mohammed as crown prince to become next in line to the throne after a 2017 palace coup that ousted then-Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef.
In a statement, the Royal Court said that King Salman underwent a successful laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder, reported Saudi Press Agency, SPA.
Saudi Arabia plans to ease curfew hours it imposed on several cities during the month of Ramadan to allow people more time to shop for essential needs within the boundaries of their neighbourhoods, state news agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.
The UAE leaders also dispatched similar congratulatory messages to Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia.
Twitter was caught up in the heated political atmosphere leading up to the 2020 election, particularly when it banned former president Donald Trump following his incitement of the Jan.6 riot at the US Capitol.
Fuel prices for December slightly dropped by 1 per cent or 3-4 fils compared to November.
The Court of Misdemeanors in Dubai sentenced a gang of 3 Arab and Asian nationals to one year in prison and fined them jointly Dhs5.194 million for defrauding a GCC national of an amount equal to the fine on the pretext of a fake vehicle deal.