Sul­tan Qa­boos makes rare pub­lic ap­pear­ance

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MUS­CAT: Omani leader Sul­tan Qa­boos made a rare pub­lic ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day to ad­dress the an­nual ses­sion of par­lia­ment, in his first live broad­cast speech since he re­turned from an eight-month med­i­cal stay in Ger­many. Upon his re­turn in March, state me­dia said his treat­ment had been a suc­cess and that he was in “com­plete health”. Ap­pear­ing in good health, Qa­boos spoke for three min­utes in his ad­dress to the Oman Coun­cil, which is made up of both elected and ap­pointed mem­bers. Western-backed Qa­boos has ruled since tak­ing over from his fa­ther 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 con­flict into a pros­per­ous state that plays a small but im­por­tant role in re­gional diplo­macy.

Sul­tan Qa­boos

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