Commentary: The Latest Lifting of Fuel Subsidies in the Middle East

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In recent days the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced it will be cutting fuel subsidies starting August 1. It joins a growing list of countries that are taking the opportunity from a precipitous drop in oil prices in the last year to unwind longstanding subsidies. While advantageous for the Gulf state’s finances, the brunt of […]
In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Salman attends a ceremony at the Diwan royal palace in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Yoan Valat, Pool)

Saudi king plans U.S. trip after giving Iran deal hedged support

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After private meetings in Jeddah on the Red Sea coast, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters that King Salman and his defense minister “reiterated their support” for the deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program while expressing reservations about its enforcement.
A boat of tourists moves on Dubai creek, with the city skyline in the background in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP file photo/Kamran Jebreili)

U.A.E. cuts fuel subsidy as oil crash hammers Arab economies

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“There was no reason to subsidize in a country that is as rich as the U.A.E.,” said Nasser Saidi, former chief economist at Dubai International Financial Centre and head of Nasser Saidi and Associates.
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz speaks  during the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, at the International Center in Vienna, Austria.  Moniz, the eccentric MIT professor-turned-U.S. Energy secretary, by all accounts played a pivotal role in reaching the historic nuclear accord. Now with his diplomatic legacy on the line, President Barack Obama is turning to Moniz to help sell the deal to a highly skeptical Congress.  (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Obama’s unlikely Iran deal MVP: Energy Secretary Moniz

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Ernest Moniz, the eccentric MIT professor-turned-U.S.-Energy-secretary, by all accounts played a pivotal role in reaching the historic nuclear accord.
An Iranian man walks past a mural displaying the Iranian map adorned in the colours of the country's national flag, on June 29, 2015 in Tehran. Despite agreeing the outlines of a nuclear agreement on April 2, the final talks between Iran and six powers led by the United States on turning it into a binding accord have hit difficulties on reaching a deal which would lift sanctions, paving the way for foreign investment to flow back, in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear activities. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

Iran seeks to regain oil market share regardless of price

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The Persian Gulf producer plans to restore output to the level it achieved before the economic curbs crippled production and exports, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Monday in Tehran.
FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2014 file photo, an Iranian oil worker rides his bicycle at the Tehran's oil refinery south of the capital Tehran, Iran. Oil prices that slumped steeply earlier this year may take another hit once a historic deal between the West and Iran allows that country to start pouring more crude into a market already brimming with supply. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Eni CEO: Iran could double oil output by 2020

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The flood of Iranian oil into a global market that’s already oversupplied will keep crude prices low for the rest of the decade, Eni SpA Chief Executive Officer Paolo Scaroni said on Wednesday.
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Iran oil boost on hold to 2016 as nuclear inspectors go to work

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OPEC’s fourth-largest member won’t achieve a crude-export boost of more than 500,000 barrels a day, or about 50 percent, until next year as Iran’s compliance with curbs on its nuclear program is verified, a pair of banks said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves after a group picture of Iran nuclear talks at Austria International Centre in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015. Major powers clinched a historic deal aimed at ensuring Iran does not obtain the nuclear bomb, opening up Tehran's stricken economy and potentially ending decades of bad blood with the West.   AFP PHOTO / POOL / CARLOS BARRIACARLOS BARRIA/AFP/Getty Images

Nuclear deal will fuel oil export push

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The nuclear deal with Iran is expected to give oil export advocates even more leverage.
An Iranian man walks past a mural displaying the Iranian map adorned in the colours of the country's national flag, on June 29, 2015 in Tehran. Despite agreeing the outlines of a nuclear agreement on April 2, the final talks between Iran and six powers led by the United States on turning it into a binding accord have hit difficulties on reaching a deal which would lift sanctions, paving the way for foreign investment to flow back, in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear activities. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

Crude up slightly after Iran and West reach nuclear accord

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Crude prices slipped Tuesday as Iran reached a deal with six western nations to restrict its nuclear capabilities and lift international restrictions on its oil exports.
From left to right: European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 14, 2015.  (Joe Klamar/Pool Photo via AP)

What Iran’s nuclear deal means for the global crude oil market

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After almost two years of talks, the holder of the world’s fourth-biggest crude reserves will benefit from an easing of international sanctions on exports in return for curbs on its nuclear program.