Saudi Arabia offers to meet Yemen oil needs

AP News
Posted: Dec 13, 2011 4:50 AM
Saudi Arabia offers to meet Yemen oil needs

Saudi Arabia's official news agency says the kingdom will supply conflict-ridden Yemen with urgently needed goods, including whatever oil products it requires.

The Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday that Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal talked by telephone late Monday to Yemen's new Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa, informing him of the kingdom's decision.

Yemen's economy has been hit hard by 10 months of political turmoil and unrest.

The report does not say how much oil Saudi Arabia will give to the Arabian peninsula's poorest nation, nor what other products might be needed.

Yemen announced the formation of a national unity government last week as part of a Saudi- and U.S.-backed deal to end the violence.