Egypt anger at Saudi fuel halt
Egypt has claimed Saudi Arabia has halted fuel shipments indefinitely, in a sign of lingering tensions following a dispute over the conflict in Syria. The move ratchets up pressure on Egypt as it implements austerity measures in the hope of securing billions of dollars in loans to stabilise its ailing economy, Associated Press reported. Egyptian Oil Ministry spokesman Hamdi Abdel-Aziz said Saudi’s Aramco stopped sending the fuel shipments to Egypt “without giving a specific timetable or reasons”. Saudi agreed in April to provide Egypt with 700,000 tons of fuel monthly for five years on easy repayment terms, but Egypt said last month that October’s shipments had been halted. The move appears to be in response to Egypt’s support of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria that was fiercely opposed by Riyadh.