MADRID: US President Biden said Thursday he will not directly ask Saudi leaders to produce more oil during a planned visit to the kingdom, where he is set to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “No, I’m not going to ask them,” Biden said during a press conference in Madrid, Spain. “All the Gulf states are meeting. I’ve indicated to them that I thought they should be increasing oil production generically, not to Saudi Arabia in particular.” Biden is set to travel next month to Saudi Arabia to participate in a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council with leaders across the Middle East, which is expected to focus on an array of regional issues.
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