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Kuwait says ruler, 90, OK after unspecified health ‘setback’

August 18, 2019
FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, on Twitter that he is praying for the "speedy recovery" of al-Sabah, though there has been no public word on the 90-year-old ruler being ill or injured. Zarif made the comment as part of a visit to the small, oil-rich Mideast nation. Kuwait's Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. (Fethi Belaid/ Pool photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, on Twitter that he is praying for the "speedy recovery" of al-Sabah, though there has been no public word on the 90-year-old ruler being ill or injured. Zarif made the comment as part of a visit to the small, oil-rich Mideast nation. Kuwait's Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. (Fethi Belaid/ Pool photo via AP, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s 90-year-old ruling emir suffered an unspecified medical “setback” and later recovered, state media reported Sunday, hours after Iran’s visiting foreign minister said he was praying for the ruler’s “speedy recovery.”

Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah underwent medical tests that turned out well, the state-run KUNA news agency said. The report did not elaborate.

It appeared Kuwait was responding to comments earlier Sunday by Mohammad Javad Zarif, who wrote on Twitter while visiting Kuwait that he was “praying for Emir’s speedy recovery.” Zarif himself did not elaborate either.

Kuwait’s Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

Sheikh Sabah has ruled Kuwait since January 2006. He’s pushed for diplomacy to solve regional issues, such as the ongoing boycott of Qatar by four Arab nations, and hosted major donor conferences for war-torn nations like Iraq and Syria.

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