A formal partnership between Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies with a 10-nation group led by Russia to manage the global oil market won’t happen under President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.
“Vladimir Putin would love that, and it’s not going to happen under President Trump,” Pompeo told Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” anchor Maria Bartiromo in response to an article in The Wall Street Journal detailing the arrangement. “The partnerships we’ve developed throughout the Middle East are deep and strong.”
The proposal, made by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), could formalize relationships between OPEC and the Moscow-led group, which includes several former Soviet republics and other countries, including Mexico. In December, the two groups agreed on a deal curbing oil production.
Conversations are also continuing to advance about a NATO-type arrangement in the Middle East against Iran, said Pompeo.
“I think we’ll have a big number of countries announce that they want to be part of this in the not too distant future and we’ll develop an outline that isn’t reactive,” he said.
Pompeo also commented on the ongoing investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning to be careful about details that have been released, as not all of them reflect the current understanding of what took place.
“We will continue to hold all of the people connected to it accountable,” he said. “It’s an American commitment. It’s deeply consistent with our value set and we’ll do it.”