“The crown prince, (who is also) deputy prime minister and interior minister, arrived in Cleveland from Morocco for medical examinations that had been previously scheduled,” the palace said in a statement.
There has been no word as to what exactly the tests are for.
Saudi Crown Prince Nayef, who has served as interior minister for nearly 40 years and led the kingdom’s post-September 11 crackdown on Al Qaeda terrorists, was named crown prince in October 2011 at the age of 78, following the death of his brother, Prince Sultan.
More recently, he has spent an increasing amount of time at his palace in Morocco after handing over day-to-day security activities to his son, Deputy Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
Seen as more conservative than the 87-year-old king, Saudi Crown Prince Nayef likes to describe himself as a soldier under the command of the Saudi monarch.
- Saudi Crown Prince in US for Medical Tests (abcnews.go.com)
- Saudi crown prince in US for medical tests (seattletimes.nwsource.com)