The Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has asserted that it was not right for the United States to pressure Saudi Arabia after oil producers in the OPEC+announced production cuts despite U.S. objections.
‘We see that a country has threatened Saudi Arabia, especially recently. This bullying is not correct,’ Çavuşoğlu said at a news conference in southern Turkey.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that President Joe Biden said last week ‘there will be consequences’ for U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia after OPEC+ announced it would cut its oil output target.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan has said the OPEC+ decision was purely economic and was taken unanimously by its member states.
‘We don’t think it is right for the United States to use it as an element of pressure on Saudi Arabia or any other country in this way,’ Çavuşoğlu said.
Oil importer Turkey has in recent times been seeking to normalise ties with Saudi Arabia, which were ruptured after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Now Turkey is seeking foreign financial support to bolster its beleaguered economy ahead of elections next year.
In April, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held one-on-one talks with Prince Mohammed in Saudi Arabia, after earlier dropping the Turkish trial over Khashoggi’s 2018 murder in Istanbul.
Biden had last week warned Saudi Arabia that there will be ‘consequences’ after a global cartel of oil-producing countries which is led by the kingdom and Russia announced that they would cut oil production despite Washington’s objections.
While making his remarks on Tuesday come a day after influential Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the US must immediately freeze all cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including arms sales.
‘There’s going to be some consequences for what they’ve done with Russia,’ Biden said in an interview with CNN which was monitored by Africa Daily News, New York.
‘I’m not going to get into what I’d consider and what I have in mind. But there will be, there will be consequences.’
Last week, the OPEC+ group said it would slash oil production targets by two million barrels a day, defying pressure from the US.