August 26, 2019 / 8:38 AM / 23 days ago

Kuwait's ruler holds first public meetings after health issues: KUNA

FILE PHOTO: Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah attends the 14th Islamic summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait’s 90-year-old emir on Monday held his first public meetings since falling ill last week, sitting down with the crown prince, head of parliament and members of his cabinet, state news agency KUNA reported.

KUNA published pictures of Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah seated next to Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah and separately with various officials.

The emir’s office said on Aug. 18 that Sheikh Sabah was in “good condition” after the news agency reported that he had suffered a health setback without providing details.

Sheikh Sabah has ruled the U.S. ally and OPEC oil producer since 2006 and steered its foreign policy for more than 50 years.

Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy, Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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