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Oman's ailing ruler returns to the country after 8 months of medical treatment in Germany

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002 file photo, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman attends the 23rd session of the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Doha, Qatar. Oman's state TV has aired images of the country's ailing 74-year-old ruler returning after several months of treatment in Germany. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002 file photo, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman attends the 23rd session of the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Doha, Qatar. Oman's state TV has aired images of the country's ailing 74-year-old ruler returning after several months of treatment in Germany. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)  (The Associated Press)

Oman's state TV has aired images of the country's ailing 74-year-old ruler returning after several months of treatment in Germany.

It carried video of Sultan Qaboos bin Said walking down the stairs from his private jet on Monday and across a red carpet on the tarmac. The sultan has no immediate heir and has ruled over the Gulf Arab state since 1970.

He was last publicly seen in November in a video message broadcast on state TV to mark the occasion of his birthday. The video of him arriving in Oman appeared aimed at easing concerns about his health and reign.

A royal court statement says he has returned after eight months of medical treatment in Germany.