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Oman's Sultan Qaboos returns home after medical treatment

State TV reports that ageing ruler is back in sultanate after eight months in Germany

Oman's Sultan Qaboos returns home after medical treatment

Oman's Sultan Qaboos returned home "in complete health" on Monday after an eight-month medical stay in Germany, state television reported, adding his treatment had been a success.

Qaboos, 74, has been absolute ruler of the Arabian peninsula state since 1970, but his absence in Germany since July had led to growing concern about his health.

Qaboos "returned to the soil of the dear nation this evening, blessed by God's favour with complete health and wellbeing after His Majesty's completion of a programme of medical treatment in the German Federation, in which total success was registered in his results," the television said, quoting a statement by the royal court.

Broadcasting celebratory music, state television showed him walking unaided from an aircraft along a red carpet, and then boarding a helicopter.

Western-backed Qaboos has ruled since taking over in a bloodless coup with the help of Oman's former colonial power, Britain. Since then, he has helped to transform an impoverished backwater riven by internal conflicts into a prosperous state that plays a small but important role in regional diplomacy.

It was in Oman, for example, that Iranian and US diplomats held secret contacts which led to an interim deal in 2013 on a nuclear dispute which has long heightened regional tensions.

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Oswald Saldanha 5 years ago

The sultan should open up a similar medical centre in his country Oman, which treated him so well in Germany.
The average person does not have the financial means to seek treatment in Germany for eight months, like the Sultan did.
Therefore he has to make that treatment accessible to his people at home.

Ahmed 5 years ago

Absolutely agree with Oswald.

All the GCC countries rulers should create health and education facilities on par with what the West have. They can afford it.

After all the wealth that the GCC countries have underground is meant for all the people living above that ground.

Zafar Iqbal Choudri 5 years ago

I congratulate the Sultan and his nation as he has back after long treatment. I pray for his health in future. Best wishes and thanks to Allah.