RIYADH - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued a reassuring message on Sunday about the health of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan after he had surgery following a stroke, state media in the OPEC member Gulf Arab state reported.

"The crown prince of Abu Dhabi has reassured the kings and leaders of brotherly states as to the health of His Highness the president of the state, and said he is in a stable condition," state news agency WAM reported.

The agency was referring to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, a half brother of Sheikh Khalifa who is also deputy supreme commander of the armed forces of the UAE, a federation of seven emirates at the southern end of the Gulf.

Sheikh Mohammed, 52, has for much of the past decade led negotiations on behalf of the UAE government in sectors ranging from energy and defense to investment, domestic politics and international affairs.

On Saturday, state media said Sheikh Khalifa had undergone surgery after suffering a stroke and was in stable condition.


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