Oman not yet invited to Doha meeting: Minister

Mohammad bin Hamad al-Rumhy says he will attend the meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers on April 17, if invited

A file photo of Omani Oil Minister Mohammad bin Hamad al-Rumhy.
A file photo of Omani Oil Minister Mohammad bin Hamad al-Rumhy.

Oman has not yet been invited to a meeting in Qatar on April 17 at which oil producers plan to discuss a global pact to freeze production to support prices, the Omani Oil Minister said on Sunday.

"We have been exchanging some views with other oil producers. We have not received an invitation to attend the meeting yet, but we will attend if we receive it," Mohammad bin Hamad al-Rumhy told a news conference in capital Muscat.

OPEC and non-OPEC producers will meet in the Qatari capital Doha next month, following an initial deal in February between Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Venezuela and non-OPEC member Russia.

It remains unclear whether all 13 OPEC members will attend the Doha meeting, and which non-OPEC producers will do so. Oman is a small non-OPEC producer.

Speculation also remains over whether Iran will attend the Doha meeting or not, considering the fact that the Islamic Republic as vowed to raise output to its pre-sanctions level.

Russia too has backed its ally saying Iran must be allowed to increase oil output after years of crippling economic sanctions.

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