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"The crown prince understands that it is very important ... (to) make sure that the price is reasonable. A high oil price will damage markets, and he knows that," Bush said welcoming Crown Prince Abd Allah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, on Monday.
"We'll talk about his country's capacity. It's an important subject. This is an important relationship," Bush said.
Saudi Arabia is the biggest producer within the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
"We need the Saudis and they need us, despite the poor image of the United States in Saudi Arabia and their poor image here," said David Mack, vice president at the Middle East Institute.
"The price of crude is up because not only is our economy growing, but economies such as India and China are growing," Bush said.
"It is wrong that the president has let our national energy policy go so awry that he is asking a foreign prince for favours,"
"The passage of the Republican energy bill will, unfortunately, make things even worse, by raising gasoline prices while our oil dependence grows even more dangerous," Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democratic Representative, said.
Originally posted by uknumpty
Bush will be saying:
"Give us your oil or else you'll find your country destabalised by my buddy, sorry nemesis Osama Bin Laden, and split into two by a civil war, and we'll be helping the pro-western mob exiled to the eastern half conveniently near those lovely oil fields of yours."