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Crown prince reassures Saudis about king's health, state TV reports

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made reassuring comments about King Salman's health during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday after the royal court said on Sunday the monarch will undergo treatment for a lung inflammation, state TV reported.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via Reuters

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made reassuring comments about King Salman's health during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday after the royal court said on Sunday the monarch will undergo treatment for a lung inflammation, state TV reported.

Due to King Salman's health issue, Crown Prince Mohammed, the de facto Saudi leader, postponed a visit to Japan that had been scheduled to begin on Monday, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said.

The 88-year-old monarch would be treated with antibiotics until the inflammation subsides after he underwent medical tests at the royal clinics at Jeddah's Al Salam Palace due to "high temperature and joint pain", the state news agency cited the royal court as saying on Sunday.

"The crown prince reassures everyone of the health of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques (the king)...praying to God Almighty to bless him with a speedy recovery and to grant him good and sound health," state TV said.

Reporting by Nayera Abdallah

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