Saudi Arabia to ban imports of gasoline from China
Saudi Arabia has banned gasoline imports from China following a report by the United States that the Saudi-owned company Sinokor Chemical is behind the poisoning of people in the country.
The country’s state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco, has denied any involvement.
The US Department of Energy said it’s investigating Sinokar’s ties to the poisonings of people and wildlife in the kingdom.
A government statement said the move was taken to protect the country’s environment.
The US Energy Department said it has not been able to determine whether the company is responsible for the deaths of those killed or injured. “
It has been widely reported that Sinokur Chemicals has supplied gasoline to Saudi Aramcos, a major buyer of the countrys crude oil.”
The US Energy Department said it has not been able to determine whether the company is responsible for the deaths of those killed or injured.
The statement said Sinoker has been responsible “for numerous environmental violations that have resulted in numerous fatalities, including some of the most critically endangered animals and plants.”
The Saudi-run kingdom also said it would suspend the import of gasoline to the US, a move that would also affect imports of diesel from the United Arab Emirates, the kingdom’s biggest oil supplier.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas told Reuters news agency that Saudi Arabia “remains committed to the world’s largest oil exporter and its leadership has ensured the safety of the petroleum industry.”
Sinokol Chemical said in an official statement that the ban on imports of its products is necessary to protect public health.
“The ban is a measure to protect all living beings from any form of pollution caused by Sinokour Chemicals,” the statement said.
It added that “all other products and supplies from the Sinokors, including diesel, oil and petrochemicals, will be subject to inspection.”
Saudi Arabia is the world leader in the production of petroleum and other fuels, but the country has struggled to diversify its economy.
It was the first country in the Middle East to ban the sale of alcohol, and a year ago it banned the sale and use of fireworks.
The ban was lifted after President Donald Trump promised to take a harder line on drugs and alcohol.
The move has prompted criticism from other countries in the region, including Iran and Turkey.
The United Arab Emirate, which runs a joint US-Saudi-allied air base in Saudi Arabia, said on Friday it was considering taking retaliatory measures against Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia said in its statement on Saturday that it has suspended all imports of fuel from China.
A separate statement from the Ministry said the US government has “no evidence” to substantiate the allegations against Sinokower Chemicals, which it called “unfounded”.