By Shane McGinley
King Abdullah is due to fly to the US on Monday for treatment for a herniated disc - report
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud will travel to the US on Monday for medical treatment, it was reported on Sunday.
The AFP newswire said the 86 year-old Saudi monarch will travel to the US for treatment to a herniated disc and "blood accumulation" of the spinal cord.
On Friday, the king complained of increase in his back pain, the Royal Court said in a statement.
“Therefore, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques underwent more medical tests this morning at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh. The tests revealed that a blood accumulation accompanied the herniated disc, pressuring its adjacent nerves. The medical team advised the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to rest and follow-up,” the statement, issued by the Saudi Press Agency, added.
King Abdullah has been ruler of Saudi Arabia since 2005 and his recent medical condition has resulted in the cancelation of separate meetings between the king and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The king’s departure will follow the return of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz from Morocco, who is himself recovering from a prolonged illness, the AFP report added.
May Almighty Allah bless the Custodian of 2 Holy mosques with good health and quick recovery from the current ailment.