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Fears of energy disruption mount in Middle East

Middle Eastern countries are trying to play down the impact of rising political tension in the region Middle Eastern countries are trying to play down the impact of rising political tension in the region.
By Verity Ratcliffe 14 November 2017 0 28368
The Bahraini interior minister talks to the emergency services following the pipeline attack Bahrain’s interior minister (centre) talks to a member of the emergency services after the pipeline fire. (PA)

Energy ministers in the Middle East are seeking to dispel fears that rising sectarian tensions will affect the flow of energy in the region.

Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Petroleum Exhibition & Conference on Monday, Suhail al-Mazrouei, the United Arab Emirates’ energy minister, said the oil sector has been protected from geopolitical tensions through previous diplomatic spats between neighbouring countries and added he hoped this would remain the case.

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