US, Saudi Talks On Nuclear Deal Continue, Ball In Riyadh Court - Energy Official
HOUSTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 15th March, 2019) The discussions between the United States and Saudi Arabia on a nuclear agreement continue, however, the ball is currently in Riyadh's court, US Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette told reporters told reporters.
"Conversations are still ongoing. There haven't been any new developments since Secretary Perry's last meeting with Minister [Khalid] al-Falih, they continue the conversation. The ball is really in the Saudis' court right now," Brouillette said on Thursday.
"We are waiting on the Saudis to get back to us."
Riyadh, which is seeking to expand its energy portfolio, has been in talks with Washington over a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement that would allow Saudi Arabia to pursue its civilian nuclear projects.
However, after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, numerous US lawmakers have called on President Donald Trump to halt discussions with Saudi Arabia on a bilateral civil nuclear agreement.