Inside the Middle East
November 24, 2010
Posted: 1126 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has arrived in the United States for medical treatment, the State Department said.
"We hope for his speedy recovery," the State Department said in a message from its official Twitter account late Monday.

King Abdullah ruled Saudi Arabia since 2005.
King Abdullah ruled Saudi Arabia since 2005.

The king left Saudi Arabia earlier Monday for treatment of a herniated spinal disc and a blood clot that was causing him back pain, state media said.

Saudi dignitaries met him when he arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

The agency's report did not specify which hospital would be providing treatment to the ruler.
"The medical team recommended that he leaves for the U.S. to visit a spine-specialized medical center in order to complete medical examinations and for follow-up treatment," Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah said during an interview Sunday with Saudi state television. "But I assure everyone that he is in a stable condition, and that he is enjoying health and well-being, and God willing, he will be back safe and sound to lead this proud nation."Read more..

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1feroz   November 24th, 2010 1:55 pm ET

arrived at jfk w/ 3 jumbo jets 40 limosines thats just for a quick doctors visit thats the way to go number of wives unknown,, long live the king

John A   November 24th, 2010 5:04 pm ET

Lets hope he has a chance to pass on the Bin Laden families greeting to their long term buddies the Bush family.

I guess since Osama stopped working for the CIA, he doesn't get to see his former boss George Bush senior so often.

I wonder if Bush senior can remember where he was on the day of the Kennedy assassination? Officially according to his own statements, he cant remeber. Even though he checked into a Dallas hotel the night before.

What a lovely bunch of people.

Clay O Worth III   November 25th, 2010 2:17 am ET

condolences to the King. hopes for a speedy recovery.peace be with him.

SoldierOfFortune   November 26th, 2010 8:03 pm ET

Yes rumor is Senior Bush helped plot the JFK assassination...
They are paraniod (USA) and dillusional...the truth would make them faint...then we are there to correct the incompentents...I am guessing they will try to do something creative because my neck hairs are rising...but hey Africa, China, Ireland and Russia peoples are sick of the retoric and crap...let USA get creative and do stupid...or purposely botch the surgery...the world of civilian soldiers from all nations will come udnone on USA...Push It...see what happens to folks on the grounds there better start kicking your politicans asses...or we will show and kick yours for being stupid with politicians...tell them no.

Jenna   November 27th, 2010 7:19 am ET

Kind of a shame no one from the administration greeted HRH Abdullah.

Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

RafikAbdulkaderHassanBakrAli   November 28th, 2010 8:29 pm ET

I am not Saudi i am Egyption but sure this message from my heart I hope I have king like hime this king help more muslims and others all over the worled and personaly he help me and i am sure that any arabian or african wish he has king like hime my congratulation to hime specialy and and generaly to his family at the final to all Saudi people and all persons like hime I hope he will be better and our god help hime

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