UK PM Visits Saudi Arabia and UAE for Oil Talks

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, where the two sides discussed Russia’s attack in Ukraine and also joint efforts to work on oil issues aimed at reducing dependence on oil exports from Russia.

Johnson will also visit the UAE to discuss similar issues with Gulf authorities to stabilize global energy markets, his office said in a statement.

During the meeting with Mohammed bin Salman, Johnson expressed his deep concerns about the chaos unleashed by Russia’s attack on Ukraine, and stressed the need to work together on oil issues and also efforts to reduce reliance on Russian exports, the statement added.

“The world must wean itself off Russian hydrocarbons and starve Putin’s addiction to oil and gas,” Johnson said before his meetings. “Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are key international partners in that effort.”

According to the statement, Johnson and Mohammed bin Salman also agreed on the need to bolster security, defense and intelligence cooperation to counter threats, including from Houthi forces that have fought a lengthy conflict in Yemen against Saudi and UAE forces.

The Saudi Press Agency also reported that the two leaders discussed friendship relations and bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields and opportunities to develop them. “They also revived regional and international issues of common interest and efforts exerted in their regard, including the developments in Ukraine,” the agency added.

The two sides also signed a memorandum of understanding on the formation of the Strategic Partnership Council between Saudi Arabia and UK, the outlet added.


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