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Jun 15, 2019
8:26PM

Saudi Arabia urges decisive response to threats against energy supplies

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Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih today called for a swift and decisive response to threats against energy supplies following twin attacks on tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel.

He was speaking at a meeting of G20 Energy and Environment Ministers in Japan after the attacks on Thursday, which sent crude prices soaring amid a tense standoff between Iran and the US.

The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous was carrying highly inflammable methanol through the Gulf of Oman when it was rocked by explosions, causing a blaze that was quickly extinguished.

Falih has previously said the Kingdom was monitoring the situation with great concern and called for action to secure maritime traffic. Saudi Arabia, a close US ally, is a bitter regional rival of Iran.


Iran has repeatedly warned in the past that it could block the strategic Hormuz Strait in a relatively low-tech, high-impact countermeasure to any attack by the United States.

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