Saudi oil policies not swayed by politics

Saudi Arabian Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid al-Falih said oil considerations are not swayed by politics. File Photo by Lisi Niesner/EPA

Aug. 9 (UPI) — Considerations regarding the supply of oil to customers and countries around the world won’t be swayed by political issues, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said.

Saudi Minster of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih said his government’s policy is to meet market considerations first.

“He reiterated that this is a firm and longstanding policy that is not influenced by political circumstances,” a readout Thursday from the official Saudi Press Agency stated.

The statement follows several developments on the diplomatic posture for Riyadh.

The Saudi government severed diplomatic ties with Canada, expelled its ambassador, cut off bilateral trade and investments and halted all flights to and from the country.

The fallout stems from a call last week from the Canadian government to release imprisoned women’s rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassima…

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