May 19, 2017 / 11:53 AM / 3 months ago

Azerbaijan believes global oil cut deal should be scrapped sooner than planned

BAKU (Reuters) - A global oil production cut deal should be scrapped sooner than planned, Azerbaijan's energy ministry said on Friday.

Azeri Energy Minister Natig Aliyev met U.S. ambassador to Baku, Robert Cekuta on Friday, and both officials agreed that it was "more expedient" to keep the global oil output cut deal in place only until the end of 2017, not March 2018.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world's top two oil producers, agreed on the need to extend output cuts for a further nine months until March 2018 to rein in a global crude glut, pushing up prices.

Reporting by Nailya Bagirova; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrey Ostroukh

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