Oman denies sending US message to Iran

US President Donald Trump has taken flak for sending mixed messages to Iran, but says that his strategy is clear (AFP Photo/MANDEL NGAN)

Muscat (AFP) - The sultanate of Oman denied Monday that it had sent a message from the United States to Iran after the Islamic republic shot down a US drone in the Gulf.

"The reports that have been circulating in the media on the sultanate delivering an American message to the Iranian government about the incident... on June 20, 2019 are not true," the Omani foreign ministry said on Twitter.

Media reports late last week said Muscat had sent a message to Tehran from US President Donald Trump, warning the Islamic republic of an impending American attack.

A military strike ordered in retaliation for the downing of the US drone was called off by Trump at the last minute.

Iran denied on Friday that it had received a message from Trump, and the United States followed suit with its own rebuttal on Sunday.

The US envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, said on a trip to Kuwait that Trump did not send a message to the Islamic republic.

Hook travelled to Oman on Monday where he met with leaders of the sultanate.