Saudi King Salman
undergoes colonoscopy,
results are fine, Shehbaz
prays for early recovery


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman underwent a colonoscopy at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The results were fine and the king has been advised by doctors to stay in hospital for some time to rest.

King Salman, the custodian of Islam’s holiest sites, became ruler of the world’s top oil exporter in 2015 after spending more than 2-1/2 years as the crown prince and deputy premier.

King Salman

The king, 86, underwent gallbladder surgery in 2020 and had the battery of his heart pacemaker replaced in March.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday prayed for the early recovery of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who was admitted to hospital a day ago. 

King Salman was admitted to hospital in the Red Sea city of Jeddah to undergo medical tests, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday, citing a statement from the royal court.  

He is undergoing the tests in the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, the statement said, giving no other details. 

“The entire Pakistani nation joins me in praying for the early recovery and complete health of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,” PM Sharif said on Twitter. 

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and crown prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa sent cables to King Salman congratulating him following the colonoscopy.

UAE’s president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, vice president Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and crown prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent cables congratulating the Saudi monarch, SPA reported on Sunday.

Qatar’s Amir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, deputy Amir Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani, and prime minister Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani also sent similar cables.

The leaders wished king Salman constant good health and the Kingdom and its people further progress, prosperity, safety, and security. The king was admitted to the hospital in Jeddah on Saturday evening.