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Calls in the US Congress to withdraw troops and missile systems from the Gulf


Calls in the US Congress to withdraw troops and missile systems from the Gulf

The Washington Times said a group of U.S. Democratic lawmakers proposed a bill that would require the withdrawal of all troops from Saudi Arabia, as well as the withdrawal of missile defense systems.

A group of Democratic congresswomen deplored OPEC +'s decision to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day and the bill was therefore proposed to withdraw troops from the Gulf.

Representatives Tom Malinowski

Sean Casten and Susan Wilde introduced the "Strong Partnership Bill".

  • It demands the expulsion of all Americans.

  • troops from all Middle Eastern countries
  • along with missile defense systems
  • including Patriot and THAD systems.

The sharp decline in oil production in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, despite President Biden's courtship with both countries in recent months, is a hostile act towards the United States and a clear indication that they have chosen Russia's side in its conflict with Ukraine.

According to politicians

  • the United States has been providing security to the two States
  • including their oil fields, for several years.
  • We see no reason why American troops

and contractors need to keep offering this service to nations that openly oppose us.

If Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates want to help Putin, they must rely on his protection ", the members of Congress assert.

According to the newspaper, OPEC's decision would deal a serious political blow to Biden and his associates on the eve of the midterm parliamentary elections.

Blinken: Washington considers response measures including against Riyadh after "

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Thursday that the United States was considering a number of response measures, including against Saudi Arabia, following OPEC + decision to cut oil production.

At a press conference in Lima, the Minister added 

  • In terms of our future connection (with Saudi Arabia)
  • we are examining a number of possible responses
  • in consultation with Congress.
  • We will certainly not do anything contrary to our interests. "

This statement by Minister Blinken comes against the backdrop of OPEC + Group's decision to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day, starting next November, and to extend  the agreement to reduce output until the end of 2023.

OPEC + explained the reason for this decision that there is uncertainty about the global economy and about the outlook for the global oil market.

For his part

US President Joe Biden called

the decision disappointing and short-sighted, and said his administration would consult with Congress on additional tools and possibilities to reduce OPEC's ability to control and determine the price of energy resources.