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US VP visits Saudi King in US hospital

Vice President Joe Biden hands get-well letter from President Obama to King’s family

US VP visits Saudi King in US hospital
King Abdullah underwent a second successful operation in December to stabilise vertebrae in his spinal column

Vice President Joe Biden has visited the New York hospital where Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is recuperating from back surgery to delivered a letter from President Barack Obama wishing him a speedy recovery, the White House said.

In a statement the white said: "The vice president was received by King Abdullah's family."

It added: "During his visit with King Abdullah's family, the vice president delivered a personal letter from President Obama for the king, wishing him a speedy recovery."

The king, thought to be around 86 or 87, had surgery on his back in New York in November after complications arose following a slipped spinal disc.

The kingdom's health minister said afterward that his health was "very reassuring."

King Abdullah underwent a second successful operation in December to stabilise vertebrae in his spinal column, the Saudi state news agency said.

It is not known when King Abdullah will return to Saudi Arabia.

Aftab Alam Khan 8 years ago

my blessing for king abdullah