Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah undergoes surgery

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabah Al-Sabah had surgery on Sunday. (AP/File)
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Updated 19 July 2020

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah undergoes surgery

  • Kuwait said Saturday Sheikh Sabah had been admitted to hospital

DUBAI: The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah has undergone surgery.

Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti minister of Amiri Diwan, said the emir had the "successful" operation on Sunday morning, the state-run KUNA news agency reported.

Kuwait said on Saturday that Sheikh Sabah had been admitted to hospital.

Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will temporarily exercise some of the ruling emir’s constitutional duties, KUNA said.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman called the emir to check up on his health.


Lebanon’s foreign minister resigns amid economic crisis

Updated 03 August 2020

Lebanon’s foreign minister resigns amid economic crisis

  • Nassif Hitti submits resignation to the prime minister and leaves government house without making any comments
  • Hitti’s resignation is a blow to Hassan Diab’s government

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s foreign minister resigned on Monday, becoming the first Cabinet minister to defect from his post amid the severe economic and financial crisis striking the country.
Minister Nassif Hitti’s submitted his resignation to the prime minister and left the government house without making any comments.
A career diplomat, Hitti became foreign minister in January as part of Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government. He was was reportedly unhappy with the government’s performance and lack of movement on promised reforms.
Local media reports said he also was angered by Diab’s criticism of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian following his visit to Beirut last month. Diab had said Le Drian “did not bring anything new” and was not properly informed about the reforms implemented by the Lebanese government.
It was not immediately clear whether his resignation would be accepted and whether one of the other ministers would assume his responsibilities in caretaker capacity until a new minister is appointed.
Hitti’s resignation is a blow to Diab’s government, which has struggled to implement reforms amid an unprecedented financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic.