Monarch recovering from back surgery at New York residence discusses regional and international developments
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah met on Friday with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at his New York residence as the monarch recovers from back surgery, the official Saudi Press Agency said.
The two discussed “regional and international” developments, the news service said on Saturday, without citing where it got the information. The service carried a photograph of the monarch with Clinton and former US President Bill Clinton.
King Abdullah left a New York hospital on December 21 for his residence after undergoing two back operations, including one on December 3 to repair several vertebrae. The monarch arrived in New York on November 23 and had his first surgery the next day at the New York Presbyterian Hospital to remove a blood clot and adjust a slipped disk, the Saudi embassy in Washington said.
The 86-year-old King delegated the management of the affairs of the world’s largest oil supplier to his half-brother, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, during his absence, SPA said on November 22.
Several Saudi princes attended the meeting with Clinton, including Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, the head of the General Intelligence Directorate, and Prince Bandar, Secretary General of the National Security Council, the news service said. Saudi ambassador to the US, Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir, also attended.