World Bulletin / News Desk
Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi urged OPEC's secretary general to call for an extraordinary meeting amid falling oil prices, Iranian Oil Ministry's website SHANA said on Saturday.
"In 161st meeting of OPEC it was agreed if oil prices fall below $100 per barrel it means that prices are in crisis, so we have urged secretary general of OPEC...to make preparations for holding an emergency meeting," Qasemi told SHANA.
International crude benchmarks Brent and U.S. oil futures posted their biggest quarterly declines on Friday since the fourth quarter of 2008 due to weak demand, ample supply and economic worries.
However prices rebounded later on Friday on a deal by European leaders to shore up euro zone banks. Brent crude oil futures rose more than $6 a barrel to near $98 while U.S. crude jumped by more than $7 to settle just below $85 a barrel.
Qasemi warned that if OPEC members failed to comply with the agreed production ceiling of 30 million bpd this would disrupt balance in the oil market.
"If OPEC members don't observe agreed production ceiling it will be followed by disorder in oil markets," he said.
Qasemi's view echoed comments from fellow OPEC price hawks Iraq and Venezuela last week.
Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said on Friday that OPEC needed to cut its supply, while Venezuela's Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez also called for an extraordinary meeting in the third quarter of this year if global crude prices remain low.
In its last meeting in mid-June, OPEC agreed to adhere to the collective limit, implying a 1.6 million bpd cut from the actual supply for 12 members of 31.5 million. To do that, Saudi Arabia would need to cut back sharply.
But Saudi Arabia is showing no sign yet of changing its policy of pumping near its highest rate in decades to support global economic growth, despite a fall in crude prices below $90 a barrel for the first time in 18 months.
Summit is expected to provide member states with opportunity to consult, exchange views on the most important issues concerning them in the framework of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum
Slowdown in Chinese economy, rising oil stocks in US, and oversupply from OPEC are all factors making price of oil lower
'World is more connected than ever before. More and more developing countries are seeking to join global trade networks,' WTO director-general says
European Central Bank is ready to use ‘all instruments available’ to stimulate the eurozone economy, Draghi says
Kazakhstan has overtaken Australia as the lead supplier of uranium for US reactors.
Depreciation of emerging market currencies, combined with low commodities prices, have made investors around the globe nervous
Global growth at further risk from Chinese asset price deflation, and US interest rate increases, Moody's says
Traders fear Chinese government will withdraw support measures markets
European Commission president 'convinced' three-year plan will boost investment in EU
Deal aims to bolster fight against tax fraud through exchange of financial information on Turks holding accounts in US and vice versa
Vessels were delivered to port of Alexandria on June 17
The economic cost of violence according to the 2015 Global Peace Index has reached a staggering $14.3 trillion with Syria the least peaceful country.
The leading opposition lawmaker has said that Turkish President Erdogan is open to all possiblities for a coalition.
Qatar has filed a lawsuit against the leader of the National Front in France for his comments regarding "terror" activities.
Saudi Arabia will put in place an electronic bracelet system for all pilgrims visiting the country to perform their Hajj duties.
After U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated that the central bank was poised to raise interest rates, European stock markets fall.