World Bulletin / News Desk
Saudi Arabia's energy minister said on Thursday that oil-producing countries might have to extend output cuts agreed for the first six months of the year in order to achieve the desired rebalancing of the market.
Falih, whose country is the world's largest exporter, said there was a sort of "initial agreement " on the need to extend the deal after talks in Kuwait last month.
He said producers would continue to assess market figures until next month, when ministers are expected to take a final decision at a meeting in Vienna.
OPEC members agreed in November to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day for six months beginning from the start of the year in a bid to shore up prices.
Some non-cartel producers, led by Russia, joined in December by committing to cut output by 558 million bpd.
Oil prices currently hover just over $50 per barrel after shedding around half of their value since mid-2014.
Investors will also be tracking the start of an EU summit where Brexit will once again be the focus of attention.
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