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Saudi Arabia - Issue 31 - 15/Sep/1980

We'll come back later

Saudi Arabia is not about to insist on getting the improvements to its F-15s on order for the United States just yet - but it definitely intends to obtain the equipment in the end. The news says a great deal about the kingdom's relationship with the United States at present and reflects on an unstated preference in Riyadh for Jimmy Carter over his Republican opponent for the US Presidency, Ronald Reagan.

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Gulf States Newsletter - Issue 145 - 08/Sep/1980

The great oil glut deepens

The 1980 oil glut is turning out even deeper than the Saudis (and the West) expected, but given Saudi Arabia's anger with the United States over its inability to prevent Israel annexing East Jerusalem (MEN 25 August 1980) this could prompt the princes in Riyadh to cut back oil production very sharply indeed. For short periods, oil output might even drop well below the official 8.5 million bid ceiling.

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Saudi Arabia - Issue 30 - 01/Sep/1980

Fahd loses his temper

Crown Prince Fahd's warning earlier this month that the Arabs might resort to a jihad against Israel was disturbing news in Western capitals - and in Washington particularly. It was no doubt meant to be. The Saudis are bitter that their pro-Western moderation (both political and economic) has brought such little tangible return in the field of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Nowhere was this more evident than the recent Israeli law declaring Jerusalem an indivisible part of Israel. The question of Arab Jerusalem and the Islamic Holy Places has always been one of the most sensitive aspects of the conflict in Saudi eyes.

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Gulf States Newsletter - Issue 143 - 11/Aug/1980

How the Saudis go about building a new naval base

The Saudis plan to build a naval base on the barren peninsula of Ra Khumais, just below Qatar on the Gulf, but were hoping not to let their intentions be known. The sensitiveness of the project is two-fold. Building at Ras Khurnays effectively confirms Saudi annexation of the area from the UAE according to an agreement concluded in 1974, promulgated in 1976, but up till now never of any actual relevance. And any indication that the Saudi authorities are constructing naval facilities will give rise to speculation that they are not building them for their own navy, but for the United States.

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Saudi Arabia - Issue 29 - 28/Jul/1980

US-Saudi ties at a new low

The letter from two thirds of the United States Senate to President Carter urging him to refuse the sale of extra fuel tanks and multiple ejection bomb racks for Saudi Arabia's F-15 has jolted the kingdom's foreign policy and led to a public dispute between the Washington administration and the Saudi ruling family. The Saudi ambassador to Washington Sheikh Faisal al-Hejelan has accused the United States of putting Israel ahead of its real interests in the Middle East and has hinted strongly that Saudi Arabia might buy its arms elsewhere.

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Saudi Arabia - Issue 28 - 14/Jul/1980

Saudis on the offensive

For the first time, the Saudis want weaponry which is unequivocally aggressive in nature. That is the import of the request by Defence Minister Prince Sultan to the United States for the provision of long-range accessories on 60 F-15 fighters already on order for delivery by 1982. Predictably, the request has come under fire from Israel which, extracted assurances from Washington when the F-I5 sale went through in 1978 that the Saudi aircraft would be given minimal aggressive capability against the Israelis. Not surprisingly, the Israeli press has recently devoted its attentions once more to the "threat" from Saudi Arabia's north-western air base at Tabuq, which is capable of accommodating the F-I5.

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Gulf States Newsletter - Issue 142 - 14/Jul/1980

OPEC investment income enters production equation

Economists in major international oil companies and banks are increasing their intention on revenue requirements of OPEC nations as the best guide to likely production patterns, now that more and more countries are either legally or optionally bound to keep production within justified limits. And the First National Bank of Chicago has become the leading estimator of investment income.

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Gulf States Newsletter - Issue 141 - 30/Jun/1980

Sanctions won't really alter trade patterns after all

The West's much vaunted sanctions against Iran are treated with hilarity in Tehran, even by Western diplomats. At the same time, the Eastern bloc is not taking its place, and the shortage of oil income leaves the government with precious little room to manoeuvre. In fact, the budget which has only just been announced is now acknowledged as redundant.

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Saudi Arabia - Issue 27 - 30/Jun/1980

Taher threatens output cuts, but the figures point upwards

Petromia governor Abdul Hadi Taher does not hold out a rosy picture for OECD consumers of Saudi oil who do not have direct supply contracts. But if all his figures and commitments are taken at face value, Saudi Arabia is left with little option but to push up production over the next five years and use the additional capacity Aramco is creating.

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Saudi Arabia - Issue 26 - 16/Jun/1980

Yamani proves conciliator, but is confident on prices

OPEC's twin-base price system after the Algiers conference still leaves the organization in an untidy mess, but less so than before. The Saudis believe that market pressures are working through to prices (at last) so with unexpected conciliation they braced themselves to accept a $4 per barrel rise, albeit postponed. They may yet get their unified price by the year-end.

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