In an attempt to tackle the global oil crisis, OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers held an extraordinary oil summit in Doha, Qatar's capital, last week.
With the oil price still low and the market heavily oversupplied, 20 oil and energy ministers were trying to find a consensus on a way forward. But they failed to do so, and the summit turned out to be more about regional rivalries than about finding a solution to low oil prices.
Mohammed Bin Saleh al-Sada, the Qatari energy minister, said after the meeting:
"The meeting concluded that we all need time for further consultation ..."
In the end, Saudi Arabia wasn't going to agree to a freeze in production without the participation of Iran, meaning a deal was almost impossible from the outset.
So, with nothing changing in Doha, the oversupply will most likely continue and oil prices will unlikely recover.
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Source: Al Jazeera