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Oman: Sultan Qaboos maintains public profile

Despite his long-running illness (including more than eight months of treatment abroad in 2014-15) and lack of public appearances, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said has maintained his profile among Omanis, dampening speculation about the future to some degree. A source familiar with the royal household told GSN the sultan was in reasonable health and continues to receive treatment in Germany. His weight loss has had an impact – “so much so in fact that he was reluctant to be seen in public and have his photograph taken”.

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