Arab Oil Ministers, meeting in Tunis on June 16, rejected a Libyan call for oil sanctions to be taken against western countries for their alleged support of Israel in its invasion of the Lebanon.
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SV United Arab Emirates delegation
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SV Tunisian delegate
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Background: Arab Oil Ministers, meeting in Tunis on June 16, rejected a Libyan call for oil sanctions to be taken against western countries for their alleged support of Israel in its invasion of the Lebanon. The routine session of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), which had planned to discuss technical issues, was overshadowed by events in Lebanon. In the absence of the Saudi Oil Minister, Sheikh Yamani, whose country last year produced more than half the member states' total output of almost 17 million barrels a day, few concrete steps were expected to be taken. And the Ministers agreed to let an Arab Summit meeting decide whether to impose sanctions against the West. The Tunisian Economy Minister, Abdelaziz Lasram, stressed that sanctions were a political decision which OAPEC was not entitled to take. His position was supported by delegates from the Gulf states, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. But Libya's call was supported by Syria and, to a lesser extent by Algeria, all members of the Steadfastness front, considered a hardline grouping in Arab politics. The West is heavily dependent on oil supplies from OPEC states.