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Republican lawmakers warn bin Salman of US ‘reciprocal responses’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump speaks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia in Osaka, Japan. (File photo)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been warned by a group of Republican lawmakers of jeopardy in ties between Riyadh and Washington.

The nearly 50 GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives signed a letter Wednesday, warning the monarchy’s de facto ruler of “reciprocal responses” if the kingdom refuses to cut crude oil output.

"If the Kingdom fails to act fairly to reverse this manufactured energy crisis, we would encourage any reciprocal responses that the US government deems appropriate," read the letter.

The fast-growing coronavirus pandemic has crushed demand for crude oil, decreasing the prices.

As the world nations are grappling with fall-out from pandemic, Saudi Arabia is taking actions to “artificially distort” the global oil market, the Republicans argued.

“The Kingdom, however, can change course, reduce production, and restore balance to a market that has seen the most drastic price drop in years,” the letter read.

The development came ahead of an emergency meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC partners, also referred to as OPEC+, scheduled to be held on Thursday.

Some world leaders are expected to discuss a historic production cut, many experts find unlikely.

A large number of countries around the globe have had to shut down, with governments imposing restricting measures on the daily lives of billions of people.

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