June 3, 2018 / 11:47 AM / 6 months ago

Saudi crown prince, UK PM note importance of oil market stability

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May greets the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman outside 10 Downing Street in London, March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed the importance of oil market stability, May’s office said on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s top oil exporter. Prospects that it and top producer Russia could boost output have put downward pressures on prices.

“Prime Minister May and the crown prince noted the importance of stability in the oil markets, which they said was in the interests of both consumers and producers,” a statement said. They spoke by telephone on Saturday.

The two, who met in London earlier this year, also discussed nuclear deal between global powers and Iran, which Britain is committed to despite a U.S. decision to withdraw.

“The Prime Minister emphasized the UK’s commitment to (it)... as the best means of preventing Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon,” May’s office said.

“But they agreed on the need to tackle Iranian destabilizing activity in the (Middle East) region. As part of this the Prime Minister noted the importance of cooperation between their two countries to protect Saudi Arabia from ballistic missile attacks.”

Reporting by William James; Editing by Dale Hudson and John Stonestreet

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