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April 17, 2016

Oil prices fall after producers fail to reach deal at Doha’s meeting to freeze output

There has been a fall in oil prices after major oil producers failed to reach an agreement to freeze output at a meeting in Doha on 17 April.

There has been a fall in oil prices after major oil producers failed to reach an agreement to freeze output at a meeting in Doha on 17 April.

Brent crude futures fell almost 7% before recovering to $40.97 per barrel, while the US crude futures dropped more than 5% and traded at $38.31 a barrel, Reuters reported.

The failure of the meeting was primarily due to tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Morgan Stanley told the news agency that the failed agreement ‘underscores the poor state of OPEC relations’.

"Iran did not attend the Doha talks and refused to stabilise production in a bid to regain market share."

Since mid-2014, oil prices have decreased by as much as 70% due to high production of one to two million barrels of crude every day by producers in excess of demand.

The meeting in Doha by oil exporters was aimed at finalising a deal to freeze output at January levels until October 2016 amid weak oil prices.

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Saudi Arabia’s demand that OPEC member Iran also needs to sign up led to the failure of the agreement.

Iran did not attend the Doha talks and refused to stabilise production in a bid to regain market share.

Because Saudi Arabia and Russia are producing high levels of oil with Iran also increasing output after the lifting of international sanctions against it, there are no signs that the global oil oversupply would come to an end.

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