G-20 energy, environment chiefs meet amid M-E tensions

G-20 energy, environment chiefs meet amid M-E tensions

G20 energy and environment ministers gathered in Japan on Saturday for talks likely to focus on energy security concerns following the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, as well as environmental issues.

The two-day meeting began in the Japanese resort town of Karuizawa after Thursday’s attacks, which the US blames on Iran, heightened Middle East tensions and sent crude oil prices surging, reports Kyodo News Agency.

“The situation over energy and climate change issues among G-20 members vary and it is not easy to unite one message concerning those issues,” Japanese Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said in his opening remarks.

The US and Iran have been cranking up the rhetoric over the attacks on the two tankers, one of which was operated by a Tokyo-based company, near the strategically important sea lane. Read More

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