INTERNATIONAL – US President Donald Trump called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday and they discussed efforts being made to maintain supplies to ensure oil market stability and global economic growth, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.
The call comes days after the US president criticised Opec for high oil prices and called again on the exporting group to boost crude output to cool the market ahead of midterm elections in November for US Congress members.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s top oil exporter and Opec’s de-facto leader.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York last week, Trump said Opec members were “as usual ripping off the rest of the world”.
“I don’t like it. Nobody should like it,” Trump said on Tuesday.