Pope Tawadros inquires about Saudi King Abdullah’s health


After inquiring about Saudi Arabian King Abdallah’s health, Egypt’s Pope Tawadros II was reassured of the king’s condition during a phone call with the Saudi Ambassador to Cairo Ahmed Al-Qattan.

Last week, Saudi King Abdullah was admitted to a hospital for medical tests, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

The news agency, citing a royal statement, said the king was admitted to the National Guard’s King Abdul-Aِziz Medical City Hospital on Wednesday in the capital city Riyadh, though no further details were elucidated.

On Friday, the Saudi Royal Court announced that the Saudi king’s condition was stable.

Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud reassured the cabinet on Monday of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s health.

Presiding over a meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, he expressed his thanks and appreciation to all who inquired about King Abdullah’s health, according to the Saudi official news agency.

King Abdullah, age 90, recently returned from Morocco where he had been vacationing.

The king had reportedly underwent back surgery in late 2012 in his home country of Saudi Arabia.

The king, who took over in 2005 after the death of King Fahd, has undergone four surgeries in recent years related to a herniated disc.

He suffered from a mild episode of pneumonia that required the installation of a temporary breathing tube.