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Qaboos of Oman to undergo medical checks in Belgium

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Qaboos of Oman to undergo medical checks in Belgium
FILE PHOTO: Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al-Said sits during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (not pictured) at the Beit Al Baraka Royal Palace in Muscat, Oman January 14, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via Reuters/File Photo   -   Copyright  POOL New(Reuters)
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Oman’s Sultan Qaboos will travel to Belgium on Saturday for medical checks, according a statement from his court.

The checks should take “a limited period of time”, the statement added, giving no details on the sultan’s condition.

Western-backed Qaboos, 79, has ruled the Arabian peninsula state since he took over in a bloodless coup with the help of Oman’s former colonial power, Britain, in 1970. He has travelled abroad for medical reasons at least twice since 2014.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Catherine Evans)