Saudi Arabia’s King and Custodian of the two holy mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has been admitted to the hospital in the Red Sea city of Jeddah to undergo medical tests.
This was revealed by the state-run Saudi Press Agency on Sunday to quell speculation over the health of the 86-year-old monarch.
According to the Kingdom’s report, the King entered King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the coastal city of Jeddah on Saturday “to conduct some medical examinations.”
King Salman bn Abdulaziz became the seventh King and ruler of the top oil exporter and Arab world’s biggest economy in 2015 following the death of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
The Royal Court of Saudi Arabia prayed to God to preseve the health of the King.
“May God preserve the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and may he enjoy health and wellness,” the statement said.
According to reports, it is rare for the kingdom to report on the health of the monarch.
In 2017, Saudi Arabia dismissed reports and mounting speculation the king was planning to abdicate in favour of his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler.
King Salman underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder in 2020.
He was most recently hospitalised in March, for what state media described as “successful medical tests” and to change the battery of his pacemaker.