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Saudi oil minister says production cuts may need to continue

FILE- In this Jan. 12, 2017 file photo, Saudi's Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih, speaks during an Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Al-Falih suggested that production cuts agreed to by OPEC members and countries outside of the cartel may need to continue to help shore up crude oil prices. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

FILE- In this Jan. 12, 2017 file photo, Saudi's Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih, speaks during an Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Al-Falih suggested that production cuts agreed to by OPEC members and countries outside of the cartel may need to continue to help shore up crude oil prices. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)  (The Associated Press)

Saudi Arabia's oil minister is suggesting that production cuts agreed to by OPEC and non-OPEC members may need to continue.

Khalid al-Falih's comments on Thursday carry significant weight as Saudi Arabia remains a powerhouse among oil producers.

OPEC agreed in late November to cut its production by 1.2 million barrels a day for six months, the first reduction agreed to by the cartel since 2008. Nearly a dozen other countries pledged in December to cut an additional 558,000 barrels a day.

Crude oil sold for over $100 a barrel in the summer of 2014, before bottoming out below $30 a barrel in January 2016. Crude now trades over $50 a barrel.

Al-Falih made the remarks at an oil conference in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.