May 11, 2017 / 12:23 PM / 2 years ago

Equatorial Guinea says has crucial Saudi support for OPEC membership bid

President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo attends the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Africa’s third-biggest oil producer Equatorial Guinea said on Thursday it had crucial support from Saudi Arabia for its bid to become a member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

The country also said in a statement it would stick to commitments to cut oil production by 12,000 barrels a day.

Equatorial Guinea said in January it was seeking to become OPEC’s 14th member and the sixth from Africa, an addition that would help raise the continent’s influence and profile in the corridors of global oil production and pricing.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Writing by Ed Stoddard; Editing by James Macharia

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