MUSCAT // The ruler of Oman Sultan Qaboos, 73, is in Germany where he has undertaken medical tests but is in good health, the royal court said on Monday.
In a statement carried by the official ONA news agency, the royal court said that Sultan Qaboos would be undertaking further tests but did not specify what they are for.
"The Diwan of Royal Court is honoured to reassure the loyal citizens of Oman that His Majesty Sultan Qaboos is in sound health after conducting medical tests, which will continue over the coming period in accordance with a specific medical programme,” said the statement.
It went on to say that Sultan Qaboos "is spending his annual leave at his residence in Germany from where he runs his country’s affairs... until such a time that he returns to his dear homeland”.
Authorities have said that Sultan Qaboos travelled to Germany on July 10 on a "private visit” and to carry out "medical tests”.
A diplomatic source said that the sultan has a residence in the Munich region, and cited unconfirmed reports that he has returned home.
In November, Sultan Qaboos is due to mark the 44th anniversary of his reign and his birthday.
When he took over the reins of power in 1970, Oman was an isolated country living on the margins of the modern world with little or no infrastructure.
But over the years Sultan Qaboos has transformed his Gulf sultanate — which sits atop proven gas reserves of 660 million cubic metres — into a modern state that thrives on human development.