Saudi Arabia has voiced its concerns over remarks made by US President-elect Donald Trump that the country has to block oil imports from the Arab kingdom.
While still campaigning, Trump vowed to secure the US energy sector’s independence from “our foes and the oil cartels” and to create “complete American energy independence.”
“At his heart President-elect Trump will see the benefits and I think the oil industry will also be advising him accordingly that blocking trade in any product is not healthy,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said in a Financial Times interview, RT reported on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia is the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) biggest oil producer and the largest Middle Eastern oil supplier to the US, most of whose oil imports come from domestic production or are procured from Canada.
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