Mike Pompeo calls Saudi crown prince as Congress debates OPEC legislation

Mike Pompeo calls Saudi crown prince as Congress debates OPEC legislation

Three days after US president Donald Trump called Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to push for more oil input into the market, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo held his own phone call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday, The National reported.

In a readout, the State Department’s spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Mr Pompeo “thanked the Crown Prince for his continued, strong partnership … [and] discussed a broad range of regional and bilateral issues, including Yemen and countering the Iranian regime's malign activities in the region.”

“The Secretary and the Crown Prince also discussed areas for expanding US-Saudi collaboration,” she said.

The statement didn’t mention rising oil prices ($84 a barrel) that have been a source of increasing US-OPEC tension in the last few weeks.

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