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Khamenei makes public appearance amid rumors of failing health

Iran media reports that the 76-year-old leader met with activists to ‘put an end to the Israeli-driven rumors’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Thursday, March 20, 2014,  (photo credit: AP/Office of the Supreme Leader)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Thursday, March 20, 2014, (photo credit: AP/Office of the Supreme Leader)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a public appearance Sunday, dispelling rumors of failing health, the country’s state-run media reported.

The semi-official Fars News agency said that the 76-year-old leader met with environmental activists in Tehran and posted photos of the meet to “put an end to the Israeli-driven rumors.”

In recent days, numerous media outlets reported that the leader was in critical condition after being rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.

Tehran did not comment on the reports of Khamenei’s declining health.

Khamenei has been rumored to be ill for years. In September of last year, he underwent prostate surgery, with his official Twitter account maintaining that it was successful.

The reports come as Iran and the Western powers race to formulate a nuclear deal before the end of the month — a deal Khamenei will have to sign off on in order for it to pass.

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