Riyadh says will not use oil as leverage in Khashoggi case

Energy minister says policy is to ensure stability

22 October, 12:33

    (ANSAmed) - MOSCOW, OCTOBER 22 - Saudi Arabia will not use its oil as political leverage in the dispute over the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who died in the Saudi consolate in Istanbul on October 2, said Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih in an interview with Russian news agency TASS.

    He said the country's energy policy aims at ensuring the stability of global markets.

    "We hope that the world will face the political crisis with wisdom, and we will exercise our wisdom both on a political and an economic level," he said.

    "My role as energy minister is to enact the directives of the government, which has a constructive and responsible role, and as a result to stabilise worldwide energy markets, contributing to global economic development," he said.

    When asked whether another oil embargo like the one in 1973 could happen again, he said there is "no intention" of that.

    Meanwhile, examining magistrates in Istanbul are questioning another five Turkish employees of the Saudi consolate as witnesses in the investigation into Khashoggi's death. More than 20 other employees have been questioned in recent days, many of whom said they were told not to report to work on the day of the reporter's death.(ANSAmed).

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