Saudi king to return "soon"

Published January 5th, 2011 - 03:30 GMT
Saudi king
Saudi king

Is the Saudi king planning to return to the kingdom soon? According to his daughter, the answer is positive. She said on Wednesday that King Abdullah's health is improving and he should soon return from the United States where he underwent back surgery.

"The king's health is constantly improving. He has been attending physiotherapy sessions and will return to the country when he has completed his treatment," Princess Adelah told Saudi daily al-Watan. 

The king flew to New York over a month ago and was operated for a debilitating herniated disc complicated by a haematoma that put pressure on his spine. 

Saudi television showed Abdullah walking with difficulty and smiling at hospital staff on December 22 as he left the facility for a period of convalescence and physiotherapy at his New York residence. 

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