Jordan receives first Saudi oil shipment

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Tuesday, April 15, 2003

AMMAN Jordan has received its first shipment of oil from Saudi Arabia.

Officials said a Saudi tanker with 100,000 tons of crude oil arrived in the Jordanian port of Aqaba on Sunday. They said the tanker marked the arrival of the first Saudi oil shipment as part of an agreement arranged by the United States.

Saudi Arabia has pledged to supply the Hashemite kingdom with three months of free oil to replace Amman's sole supplier, Iraq. Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have also pledged to supply oil to Jordan.

Riyad has not announced oil shipments to Jordan. But Kuwait said it will supply three months of oil to Amman. In all, Jordan expects to receive 100,000 barrels of oil a day.

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