Oman to Host Oil Export Meeting

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Oman to Host Oil Export Meeting

MANAMA, Bahrain _ Oman plans to host representatives of 32 oil exporting countries, including the 12 members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, at a conference to discuss oil prices, the Gulf News Agency reported Wednesday from Muscat. The April 13 meeting is also to include the six members of the Saudi Arabian-led Gulf Cooperation Council, the agency said. The director-general of marketing at the Omani oil ministry, Rashed bin Khalid al-Barawani, said Oman will play a role in coordinating between OPEC and non-OPEC groups. The goal will be to adopt a "new petroleum policy in line with the world economic situation, and to prevent deterioration of oil prices on the world markets," he said. Clinton to Relax Lending Rules

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