Saudi crown prince says King Salman has recovered after illness

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired a weekly cabinet session by tuning in remotely, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, in a sign the 88-year-old monarch may be better after getting treated for an illness.

His son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and other officials “extended their praise and thanks to God for the recovery” of the king, SPA said.

The ruler’s health had been in question since May 19, when he began undergoing medical tests and taking antibiotics after suffering from high fever, joint pain and lung inflammation. He was being treated at a palace in Jeddah and there had been no word on his health since then.

Prince Mohammed postponed a trip to Japan last week due to concerns over his father’s health. MBS, as he’s known, already manages most day-to-day affairs in Saudi Arabia and is next in line to the throne. King Salman has ruled over Saudi Arabia since 2015. –BLOOMBERG