Saudi king Abdullah in 'private visit' to Morocco

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz travelled to Morocco on Friday in a private visit, state news agency SPA reported.

But SPA published pictures showing princes and officials greeting the king at Jeddah airport before his departure for Morocco, where the royal family has properties in Casablanca and the southwestern port of Agadir.

Moroccan state television later broadcast footage of King Abdullah being greeted at Casablanca airport by moderate Islamist Prime Minister Abdulilah Benkiran.

The king, who was born in 1924, has spent time in Morocco recovering after operations in recent years.

The report challenged rumors in the media that the ageing monarch's health had deteriorated seriously.

King Abdullah is still having difficulty walking after two operations in October 2011 and November 2012 to correct a "ligamentary slackening" in the upper back.

Doctors discharged him from hospital in December last year.

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