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Saudi Crown Prince leaving US clinic after tests

Prince Nayef leaves Ohio hospital after routine tests - spokesperson

Saudi Crown Prince leaving US clinic after tests
Prince Nayef arrived in the US last week after holidaying in Morocco. (AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef, who supervises the daily affairs of the kingdom, was leaving the Cleveland Clinic hospital in Ohio on Tuesday after routine tests, a clinic spokeswoman said.

"He is leaving Cleveland Clinic today," said Eileen Sheil, a spokeswoman for the clinic who had confirmed his arrival last week for what she described as routine tests.

Prince Nayef, about 78 years old, has been the kingdom's interior minister for decades and is part of an aging leadership in the world's top oil exporter.

King Abdullah appointed Prince Nayef to be crown prince of the major US ally in October, after ex-Crown Prince Sultan died of colon cancer in New York.

Saudi state television said last week Nayef arrived in the US from Morocco, where state media said on Thursday he had traveled for a private vacation.

Sheil declined to discuss details of the prince's departure or travel plans.

The Cleveland Clinic is a top-ranked US hospital that employs nearly 3,000 doctors and researchers. 

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