Saudi Crown Prince receives visitors

Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud recently returned from medical tests overseas
Saudi Crown Prince receives visitors
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (AFP/Getty Images).
By Sara Anabtawi
Wed 13 Jun 2012 12:28 PM

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef bin
Abdulaziz Al Saud received a number of visitors at his home this week, Saudi Press Agency reported, after recently returning from medical tests overseas.

Among the visitors were Minister of Labour
Engineer Adel bin Mohammed Faqih and Governor of the Northern Border region
Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed.

Others included ambassadors, the deputy
minister of labour, a representative of the Kingdom to the World Trade
Organisation, the Saudi Consul-General in Geneva and a group of citizens.

Last month, the Crown Prince left the Kingdom for what official Saudi press reported as holiday and routine medical
tests.

Prince Nayef, who is 77 or 78, has been interior minister since 1975 and
was made King Abdullah's heir apparent in October after the death of the former
crown prince, Sultan.

Speculation over the health of Saudi Arabia's ageing senior royals is a hot topic in the Gulf kingdom.

Succession in the country, an absolute monarchy whose head of state is the 87-year old King Abdullah, is handed down from brother to brother of the children of Abdul-Aziz bin Saud, the founder and first ruler of the modern Saudi state.

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