Muscat: Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said has died, Aljazeera reported citing state television on Friday.
Qaboos was 79-year-old and was ill from a long time. He has served as the ruler of Oman since 1970 when he ousted his father in a bloodless coup.
Qaboos had no children and has not publicly named his successor.
Sultan Qaboos travelled to Belgium for a week in December for what was described then as “medical checks.” He returned to Oman but speculations of his deteriorating health were rife.
Expressing sorrow at the demise of the ruler of Oman, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi tweeted, ” I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. He was a visionary leader and statesman who transformed Oman into a modern and prosperous nation. He was a beacon of peace for our region and the world”.