Saudi king says he will be back "very soon": Report



Saudi king says he will be back Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who has been in the United States for medical treatment for almost two months, said he is well and will return home very soon, a Kuwaiti newspaper on Monday quoted him as saying.

King Abdullah, who is about 87, left the kingdom on November 22 to undergo two operations in New York after a blood clot complicated a slipped disk.

"I want to assure everybody that I'm well and I will return soon, very soon to the kingdom," Abdullah told al-Seyassah.

Abdullah left a New York hospital on December 22 for an unspecified period of recuperation in the United States, Saudi state media said at the time.

King Abdullah, in power since 2005, has started a series of cautious reforms in the No 1 OPEC oil exporter and US ally, whose political stability is of regional and global concern.

Saudi Arabia controls more than a fifth of the world's crude oil reserves and is a major investor in US government bonds.

Crown Prince Sultan, who also has health problems, returned from abroad before Abdullah's departure to run the country.

With both Abdullah and Sultan in their 80s, speculation persists that conservative Interior Minister Prince Nayef, 76, will take over, casting doubt over Abdullah's reform plans.

Bureau Report