Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah traveled to the United States for “routine” medical tests on Tuesday، state news agency KUNA reported، according to Reuters.
Sheikh Nawaf، 80-year-old brother of the small Gulf Arab state’s ruler، underwent minor back surgery in 2013 in Germany. A relatively low-profile figure، he became next in line to lead the U.S.-allied oil exporter in 2006، shortly after Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah became ruling emir.
The crown prince underwent successful medical check-ups last August in the United States، KUNA reported at the time.
The health of leading members of the ruling family is a sensitive issue in Kuwait، where less senior al-Sabah members have long been jostling for position، according to diplomats and analysts.
It is not public knowledge who is third in line in Kuwait، an OPEC member state.