I told Saudi king he wouldn't last two weeks without U.S. support

OPEC Output Edges Higher

US President, Donald Trump, says Saudi Arabia will not survive without Washington's backing. "You have to pay for your military'".

Trump added that he had spoken to Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday to make the same point, the AFP news agency reported.

The presence of the U.S. military in Saudi Arabia, home to the two holiest sites in Islam - Mecca and Medina - was strongly objected to by most of the world's Muslim population, according to opinion polls published by Gallup in 2009.

Falih, speaking at a Moscow energy conference, said Saudi Arabia was in weekly communication with Russian Federation to stabilise global oil markets, which have surged over the past few weeks.

"We're meeting every single demand for barrels", Al-Falih said.

In addition to lowering oil prices, Trump has called on close US allies to shoulder more of the cost of defense spending, but Tuesday warning marked the most serious criticism of Riyadh. While the kingdom's ties with the US have improved under Trump, Tuesday's remarks were unusually harsh and appeared to question the stability of a monarchy in power since the 1930s.

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"We protect Saudi Arabia - would you say they're rich?"

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman traveled to Kuwait last weekend to speak with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, reportedly about increasing oil production.

-Saudi Arabia appears to be bowing again to pressure from Trump. Since the group's September meeting in Algiers, Brent crude has jumped US$6 to about US$85 a barrel, a four-year high.

The price of United States crude oil has increased sharply ahead of USA sanctions on Iran and on concerns about Venezuelan output but further strong gains in the immediate future seem unlikely. "We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices".

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) attend the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in NY last month, Trump accused OPEC members of "ripping off the rest of the world".

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