Saudi deputy crown prince: Russia and Kingdom have no contradictions on oil market

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Updated 30 May 2017
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Saudi deputy crown prince: Russia and Kingdom have no contradictions on oil market

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues.
During the meeting Prince Mohammed told Putin that there were no contradictions between Saudi Arabia and Russia regarding the oil market and that even though a lot has been achieved there is a lot of work still to do.
Putin reiterated the importance of the energy markets for the two nations and welcomed the Kingdom for its cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC members.
The Russian leader said that relations with Saudi Arabia are developing pretty successfully.
Moscow and Riyadh have so far backed opposing sides in the six-year war, with Saudi Arabia supporting the opposition and Russia propping up President Bashar Al Assad.
Although opposition and government negotiators have failed to reach a deal, there are hopes that foreign powers will be able to force a settlement.
Despite the failure to reach a peace deal, evacuation agreements on the ground in Syria are being carried out in some besieged areas. On Monday, more than 1,000 people left the opposition-held Barzeh neighborhood of Damascus for another opposition territory.
The Saudi crown prince’s trip to Moscow comes after last week’s visit by US President Donald Trump to Riyadh in what was his first official trip abroad.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is due to head to the Azerbaijani capital of Baku this week.

— With input from Reuters


Saudi Arabia urges UN Security Council to disarm Houthis after drone attacks

Updated 20 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia urges UN Security Council to disarm Houthis after drone attacks

  • Saudi UN ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi says 'seven explosive drones'

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has warned that recent drone attacks against its oil pumping stations by Yemen's Houthi militants will jeopardize UN peace efforts in the country and lead to further escalation in the region.
The Saudi UN ambassador, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, said "seven explosive drones" directed by the militants attacked pumping stations on Tuesday in the cities of Dawadmi and Afif "on the east-west oil pipeline that transfers Saudi oil to Yanbu port and to the rest of the world."
He urged Security Council members in a letter circulated Monday "to disarm this terrorist militia in order to prevent the escalation of these attacks which increase regional tensions and raise the risks of a broader regional confrontation."