Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah Image Credit: The White House

Kuwait City: Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Al Jaber Al Sabah sent a thank you letter to US President Donald Trump for sending an American Air Force plane to transport the Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, to the United States for treatment.

Sheikh Nawaf also said the gesture represented the solid ties between Kuwait and the United States.

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The 91-year-old Emir left Kuwait on Thursday to complete his medical treatment in the United States. On Sunday, Sheikh Sabah underwent successful surgery, after he was admitted to the hospital for medical check ups on Saturday, his office said in a statement. The statement did not disclose the reason for the surgery or what treatment the Emir is receiving in the US.

Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf, the Emir’s designated successor, was given some of the ruler’s constitutional duties, temporarily last Saturday. When the Emir is absent, under Kuwaiti law, the crown prince is appointed as acting ruler. Sheikh Nawaf was sworn in as crown prince in 2006, after Sheikh Sabah was appointed Emir.

The 83-year-old crown prince and the Emir’s half brother, was previously the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Interior.