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Kuwaiti Emir Recovering in London

October 2, 2001

KUWAIT (AP) _ Almost two weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage, the emir of Kuwait is recovering well in a London hospital, a government spokesman said Tuesday. It remained unclear when he will return home.

``Treatment is going much better than expected in these cases,″ Sheik Ahmed Fahd Al Ahmed Al Sabah said of Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah.

The 75-year-old ruler was able to walk and speak with visitors, said Sheik Ahmad, who is the emir’s nephew. He also has no problems with his limbs or his speech.

Kuwait’s ruler for 23 years was rushed to London’s Cromwell Hospital on Sept. 21. He received initial treatment at a Kuwait City state hospital.

Sheik Jaber is a key U.S. ally in the Gulf. His illness came as the U.S. began mobilizing for a strike against suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden, believed to be hiding in Afghanistan. The United States accuses bin Laden of masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.

Crown Prince Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, who is also in poor health with colon problems, has been acting as deputy emir since the ruler’s departure.

On Tuesday, Sheik Saad accepted the credentials of the new U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, Richard Jones.

Kuwait’s deputy prime minister, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed, has been heading Cabinet meetings. He is the prime candidate to become crown prince if the emir dies.

Physicians estimate the emir’s treatment in London may take up to two more weeks.

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