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Oman sees no scope for U.S.-Iran mediation for now: Kuwait newspaper

FILE PHOTO: Oman's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (not pictured) in Tehran, Iran July 27, 2019. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS.

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Oman does not see room for now for mediation to ease tensions between the United States and Iran, a Kuwaiti newspaper said on Wednesday, after last week’s killing of an Iranian general in a U.S. strike that prompted an Iranian missile attack in response.

Al Rai daily was quoting Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the minister responsible for foreign affairs in Oman, a nation which maintains friendly ties with Washington and Tehran and which has previously acted as a go-between for the two countries.

“There is no Omani mediation between America and Iran after the killing of (General) Qassem Soleimani and I believe there is no room at this time,” bin Alawi was quoted as saying by the newspaper, on the sidelines of a forum in Tehran.

The comments appear to have been made before Wednesday’s missile strike by Iran on U.S. targets in Iraq.

The Omani foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment on bin Alawi’s reported remarks.

Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy in Kuwait and Lisa Barrington in Dubai; Editing by Edmund Blair