OPEC fails to set oil production ceiling - Reuters
Several OPEC sources said Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies had tried to propose a new collective ceiling in an attempt to repair OPEC's waning importance and end a market-share battle that has sapped prices and cut investment; but OPEC sources told Reuters the organization had failed to agree on output policy and set a new ceiling.
Tensions between the Sunni-led kingdom and the Shi'ite Islamic Republic have been the highlights of several previous OPEC meetings, including in December 2015 when the group failed to agree on a formal output target for the first time in years, Reuters reported.
However, OPEC's largest producer Saudi Arabia moved to soothe market fears that failure to reach any deal would prompt it to raise production further to punish rivals and gain additional market share.
Read alsoOil prices tread water ahead of OPEC meeting - Reuters"We will be very gentle in our approach and make sure we don't shock the market in any way," Saudi Arabia's new energy minister, Khalid al-Falih told reporters.
The market has grown increasingly used to OPEC clashes over the past two years as political foes Riyadh and Tehran fight proxy wars in Syria and Yemen.