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Sultan Qaboos returns to Oman from health check

The 79-year old leader travelled abroad for medical tests but return home on Friday

FILE - In this photo made available by Oman News Agency, on March 23, 2015, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman arrives in Muscat. Oman’s 79-year-old ruler has returned to his sultanate after traveling to Belgium for a medical checkup, the sultanate’s state-run news agency reported Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Sultan Qaboos bin Said left “for some medical checks that will take a limited period, God willing,” the Oman News Agency reported a week earlier, citing a royal court statement. (AP Photo/ Oman News Agency) .
FILE - In this photo made available by Oman News Agency, on March 23, 2015, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman arrives in Muscat. Oman’s 79-year-old ruler has returned to his sultanate after traveling to Belgium for a medical checkup, the sultanate’s state-run news agency reported Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Sultan Qaboos bin Said left “for some medical checks that will take a limited period, God willing,” the Oman News Agency reported a week earlier, citing a royal court statement. (AP Photo/ Oman News Agency) .

Oman’s 79-year-old ruler has returned to his sultanate after travelling to Belgium for a medical check-up.

Sultan Qaboos left “for some medical checks that will take a limited period, God willing,” the Oman News Agency reported last week, citing a royal court statement.

A similar royal statement announced his return on Friday, without elaborating.

Sultan Qaboos has taken medical trips abroad in the past.

The sultan has ruled Oman since succeeding his father in 1970. The country, on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, is home to some 4.6 million people.

Updated: December 14, 2019 12:44 PM

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