OPEC chief urges global leaders to ensure unhindered energy flow

VIENNA, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The head of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Wednesday called on global leaders to uphold multilateralism to ensure "unhindered, stable and secure" energy flow to the global market.

Photo taken on April 9, 2020 shows pump nozzles at a gas station in Brussels, Belgium. [Photo/Xinhua]

OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo made the remarks at a virtual meeting of the joint technical committee of OPEC and its allies, a group known as OPEC+.

Barkindo hailed the efforts made by OPEC+ countries in supporting stability in the global oil market and called on them to remain attentive to changing market conditions and keep the focus on balancing the market, according to a statement released by the OPEC.

Wednesday's meeting of the OPEC+ joint technical committee was held to examine the oil market conditions and to provide advice for the OPEC+ ministerial meeting on Thursday. The ministerial meeting, the decision-making body of OPEC+, will announce the alliance's production plans in May.

In July 2021, OPEC+ agreed to raise oil output by 400,000 barrels per day each month to gradually unwind the production cuts made at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The oil-producer group has since been sticking to the plan despite calls from top consumers, including the United States, to further boost supplies to rein in soaring oil prices amid demand recovery and geopolitical tensions.