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Crown Prince Sultan leaves hospital

Saudi royal court confirms Crown Prince left a New York hospital on Wednesday after February operation.

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz has left a New York hospital after undergoing an operation in February, the royal court said on Wednesday.Prince Sultan left the hospital late on Tuesday "having completed the required period following the successful surgery that was performed on him," said a court statement carried by the state news agency SPA.

The prince later received US-based Saudi officials at his New York residence, SPA said, without giving details of the medical condition of the heir apparent, who is thought to be 84.

SPA did not say when Prince Sultan would return home.

In March, King Abdullah appointed Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz as second deputy prime minister, a promotion that would normally place him second in line to the throne.

The position also means he will run the kingdom when the monarch and crown prince are away. The role would normally go to Prince Sultan were he not convalescing. King Abdullah arrived in London on Tuesday for the G20 summit of world leaders, SPA said.

Prince Sultan had an intestinal cyst removed in Saudi Arabia in 2005 and he visited Geneva in April 2008 for what were described as routine tests. (Reuters)