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Arab Gulf states reassure Egypt of petroleum aid

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait confirm their financial pledges to provide Egypt with petroleum needs will be met

Ahram Online, Tuesday 20 Aug 2013
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Egypt's petroleum ministry Sherif Ismail (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt’s petroleum ministry has received a report confirming that the oil-rich Gulf States are fully obliged to their pledges of supplying the country with the needed fuel products, Al-Ahram daily newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have already met part of their promises that comprise $2 billion and $1 billion in energy and oil products, respectively.

For its part, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sent seven shipments of fuel in July worth $225 million following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

According to Al-Ahram, Saudi has so far paid about $310 million on behalf of Egypt’s imports of petrol, diesel-oil, cooking gas and mazut while Kuwait has financed the Egyptian imports of crude oil with some $330 million.

The petroleum ministry is currently facing difficulties trying to finance needed fuel imports, such as diesel and the low-quality mazut and is owed LE151 billion (roughly $21.6 billion) by other governmental bodies, an anonymous official in the petroleum ministry told Al-Ahram Arabic news website earlier this month.

In a related development, Reuters reported on Tuesday that Qatar has sent its second tanker this month of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Egypt. The move is part of June’s agreement in Doha under which Egypt will receive five shipments for free to cover some of its needs, which increase during the hot summer.

The five shipments will most likely be signed over to foreign partners at the Egyptian LNG Idku export plant, GDF Suez and BG Group, after Egypt failed to meet all their needs with domestic gas.

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