Two US officials traveled to Saudi Arabia for oil, Iran talks

Two senior US officials traveled to Saudi Arabia this week to discuss energy supplies and Iran with officials from the oil-rich kingdom.

Brett McGurk and Amos Hochstein were the two US officials who visited the Gulf [source: Getty]

Two senior US officials visited Saudi Arabia this week for talks on global energy supplies, Iran and other regional issues, the White House said Thursday.

Brett McGurk, Biden’s top White House Middle East adviser, and Amos Hochstein, the State Department’s energy envoy, met with senior Saudi officials in Riyadh.

“I will confirm that Brett McGurk and Amos Hochstein were in the region to follow up on conversations on a range of issues, including Iran’s destabilizing activities, ensuring a stable global energy supply, and other regional issues.” , White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters. .

She said the trip was to “examine engagement with Saudi Arabia on energy security” and that US officials were not asking for an increase in Saudi oil exports.

“Asking for oil is just plain wrong. This is how we see it and a misunderstanding of the complexity of this issue as well as our multi-faceted discussions with the Saudis,” she said.

She also said OPEC+ would make its own decision on oil and added, “We are consulting with all relevant producers on market conditions, including Saudi Arabia.”

Biden and his team plan to make a stopover in Saudi Arabia as well as Israel after his trip to the summits in Germany and Spain in late June, sources say.

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