Saudi Arabia hopes forum will jump-start wheels of discussion

Host nation Saudi Arabia today expressed its hopes that the upcoming International Energy Forum in Riyadh would provide the impetus for progressive talks amongst high level ministers from the oil producing states and consuming countries attending, according to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' news agency, OPECNA.

Oct 9th, 2000


LONDON�Host nation Saudi Arabia today expressed its hopes that the upcoming International Energy Forum in Riyadh would provide the impetus for progressive talks amongst high level ministers from the oil producing states and consuming countries attending, according to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' news agency, OPECNA.

A statement issued by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said the forum had as a main objective "to promote a better understanding of important international energy issues, strengthen the concept of partnership among energy producers and consumers, as well as identify the right links between energy, the environment and economic development."

Sixty countries and international organizations are expected at the event, being held in mid-November under the banner of "Energy Partnership for the New Century," and co-hosted by The Netherlands and Japan.

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