The administration of US President Joe Biden will review relations with Saudi Arabia, including due to Riyadh’s support for the decision of the participants in the OPEC + agreement to reduce oil production by 2 million barrels per day from November. This was announced on Tuesday by the coordinator for strategic communications at the White House National Security Council, John Kirby.
“President [Biden] has made it clear that we need to continue to re-evaluate this relationship, it needs to be re-evaluated especially in light of the OPEC decision,” he said.
Commenting on the congressmen’s initiative to withdraw US troops and weapons from Saudi Arabia in this regard, Kirby said that Biden is “obviously upset by the OPEC decision and intends to work with the US Congress on how the US thinks relations should develop” with Riyadh .
The countries participating in the OPEC + agreement at a meeting in Vienna on October 5 agreed to reduce oil production from November by 2 million barrels per day, and also extended the deal until the end of 2023. After that, US Democratic congressmen introduced a bill obliging the US administration to withdraw US troops and weapons systems from the territory of the UAE and Saudi Arabia because of their decision to cut oil production. The bill also provides for the transfer of US military equipment and defense systems to other regions of the Middle East in order to “ensure the safety of US military personnel in other countries.” It was noted that the initiative was developed due to the fact that Abu Dhabi and Riyadh supported the decision taken earlier by OPEC + to reduce oil production.