Why the Saudi Arabia (and other Gulf countries) don’t cut oil production? What’s in their agenda?

Eyes on Europe & Middle East

Saudi Arabiaconvinced its fellow OPEC members that it was not in the group’s interest to cut oil output however far prices may fall. Suppliers from outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries should cut “irresponsible” output, U.A.E. Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei said in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Even if non-OPEC producers were to offer cuts, OPEC probably wouldn’t follow suit, Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi said. The biggest oil producers outside OPEC are the U.S. and Russia.

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Oil fell about 20 percent since OPEC chose to maintain its production target at a Nov. 27 meeting, seeking to defend market share rather than prices. The highest U.S. crude output in at least three decades is contributing to a glut that Qatar estimates at 2 million barrels a day.

Hard-hit countries like Iran, Russia and Venezuela suspected the move was a coordinated effort between the…

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