Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, hospitalised since May 20 with pneumonia , is in excellent health but no date has been set for his discharge , a hospital official said on Saturday.
“ His state of health is excellent but the doctors have not yet decided the date of his release , ” said Saed Sarahna , the head of the Istishari Arab Hospital where Abbas is being treated .
Palestinian officials have said the 83 – year -old could go home on Monday or Tuesday but doctors at the hospital , near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank , have not confirmed that timeframe .
One official said , however , that doctors would not agree a discharge date before his complete recovery.
Pictures of Abbas walking around the wards and reading a newspaper were published on Monday , in an apparent attempt to calm rumours that his condition was worse than officially reported .
Official media said he had spoken to a number of regional politicians to reassure them of his health .
On Saturday he was visited by Gong Xiaosheng , China ’ s special envoy to the Middle East , official Palestinian news agency WAFA said .
Abbas was admitted on Sunday with complications following an ear operation, while also complaining of chest pains .
Abbas’ s health is the subject of regular speculation , with no clear successor identified .