Saudi Arabia: ‘We’re very disappointed’ in US decision to block sale of gas
Saudi Arabia on Monday said it is “very disappointed” that the US has stopped selling gas to its neighbor to the north, accusing Washington of being an “imperialist” and an “oppressive” country.
The kingdom is one of the world’s largest gas exporters and exports around 5 billion cubic meters per year to the US, Europe and Russia, making it the third-largest gas supplier after Germany and China.
It said the US move was an act of “impervious imperialism” that violates its sovereign right to regulate its own resources.
The announcement came after Saudi Arabia announced it would block the US-China gas pipeline project that is slated to bring natural gas from the kingdom’s eastern oilfields to the United States.US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who stressed that Saudi Arabia would continue to work with the US on a solution to the dispute.
He said Kerry and Saudi Foreign Ministry Spokesman Khalid al-Falih met on Saturday to discuss the gas dispute and the two sides agreed to “work together to ensure the safety and security of our people and interests.”
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said last month that Saudi Arabian exports to the U.S. had increased from 6,000 cubic meters of gas in 2011 to around 11,000 million cubic meters in 2013.
The United Arab Emirates and Qatar also have gas exports to Saudi Arabia, according to EIA data.
In January, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the formation of a joint committee to resolve the dispute, a move that was seen as a signal to Washington.