Aramco delivers 4 oil shipments to Egypt in March
Saudi Arabia agreed in April last year to provide Egypt with 700,000 tonnes of refined oil products a month for five years, but the cargoes stopped arriving in early October
Saudi Aramco has delivered four oil product shipments to Egypt during March, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih has said.
The agreement with the Egyptian government is on track and is being implemented as agreed, al-Falih stated on the sidelines of the 33rd session of the Executive Office of the Arab Ministerial Council of Electricity at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Arab League in Cairo, indicating that the dispute between Riyadh and Cairo may have ended.
Saudi Arabia agreed in April last year to provide Egypt with 700,000 tonnes of refined oil products a month for five years, but the cargoes stopped arriving in early October. The Aramco deal includes a meagre 2% interest rate to be repaid over 15 years.
Aramco did not provide official reasons for the halt, yet the Egyptian Petroleum Ministry issued a statement which said that ‘according to Aramco, the postponement of shipments was due to commercial conditions on its part amidst changes in global oil market prices and Saudi Arabia's reduced oil production levels, as well as routine maintenance to refineries’.
Though officials from both sides have denied the existence of tensions or disagreements between the countries, the two governments have been at odds on a number of geopolitical issues.
Egypt voted in favor of a Russian-backed but Saudi-opposed UN resolution on Syria in October, which excluded calls to stop bombing Aleppo. Then in January an Egyptian court rejected a government plan to transfer two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.