US flies Kuwait emir, 91, to Minnesota after surgery at home

US flies Kuwait emir, 91, to Minnesota after surgery at home
FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, on Twitter that he is praying for the "speedy recovery" of al-Sabah, though there has been no public word on the 90-year-old ruler being ill or injured. Zarif made the comment as part of a visit to the small, oil-rich Mideast nation. Kuwait's Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. (Source: Fethi Belaid/ Pool photo via AP, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s 91-year-old ruler has landed in the United States after being flown across the world in a U.S. Air Force C-17 plane that’s basically a flying hospital.

Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah survived the 16-hour trip on Thursday under the watch of U.S. medical professionals and Kuwaitis.

Kuwait’s state-run news agency KUNA says Kuwait’s ambassador to the U.S. was at the airport to meet the emir’s entourage.

Flight-tracking data showed the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III that took off from Kuwait International Airport landed in Rochester, Minnesota, the home of the flagship campus of the Mayo Clinic.

Kuwait has not said what ails Sheikh Sabah.

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